The U.S. House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA), its bill to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act (ACA), early last month. Since then, we have received a lot of questions about what the AHCA actually includes and does.
To help clear up some of the confusion, we put together some one-page overviews of the bill on pieces where you have asked us the biggest questions. These also parts of the bill that will impact Nebraskans the most.
We have a fact sheet on the AHCA’s impact on people with preexisting conditions. The bottom line is that the AHCA would be devastating for people with preexisting conditions, as it would open the door to getting rid of many of the ACA’s protections. States could choose to allow insurance companies to charge people with preexisting conditions higher prices and offer them fewer benefits.
We also have a fact sheet on the AHCA’s changes to the Medicaid program. These changes would effectively end Medicaid as we know it, putting coverage for millions of Americans in jeopardy, including 230,000 Nebraskans – 1 in 8 people in our state.
Lastly, we have a fact sheet on the AHCA’s effect on employer-sponsored insurance. In addition to the changes to Marketplace coverage and Medicaid, the AHCA could result in big changes for people who get coverage through their jobs.
These individual issue fact sheets are in addition to our one-page overview of the entire AHCA available here.
The Senate has been working on its own version of a bill, and could have a draft as early as this week. However, we know that the Senate is working off of the House bill, so many of the AHCA’s elements could show up in a Senate bill.
Call both of our U.S. Senators today. Tell them they must strengthen our health care system for Nebraskans, not remove protections.
Sen. Deb Fischer (202) 224-6551 Sen. Ben Sasse (202) 224-4224
Any health care bill the Senate passes must allow people with preexisting conditions to afford quality insurance and improve on the ACA’s protections, not roll them backwards.
The Senate must protect Medicaid, not slash its budget and jeopardize coverage for the 1 in 8 Nebraskans who receive important health care through the program.
Every Nebraskan should be able to afford quality health insurance that covers the medical care they need when they need it.