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Letter: Speak up on AHCA


Sunday, June 18, 2017
Speak up on AHCA

Do you have health insurance through your employer? Have you been ignoring the discussions about the American Health Care Act that was passed by the House of Representatives and is now being recrafted in the Senate? Do you think what gets passed will not impact you? Think again.

The AHCA allows states to waive federal standards for minimum coverage and will allow insurers to sell less comprehensive coverage for even those people covered under group employer plans. It weakens the requirement that was enacted as part of the current Affordable Care Act, which requires that insurance companies limit the consumers’ out-of-pocket costs (deductibles and co-pays). Additionally, the current requirements for bans on insurance companies setting caps on how much would be covered annually, or over a person’s lifetime, would be substantially weakened or even eliminated. Those mandates were issued under Obamacare for all people being covered by medical insurance.

The AARP Public Policy Institute projects that approximately 74 percent (236,196) of New Hampshire residents ages 50-64 receive coverage through their employer, and they could be affected by these changes. Just because your job provides you with health insurance does not mean you will not be impacted by whatever comes out of the Senate in their version of the AHCA.

Stand up and be counted. Let your federal representatives know that you will not support this change to our health care insurance coverage – for all people, not just those who have been covered by Obamacare or Medicaid.

Saundra C. Maisey

Newfields