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Payers slam Cruz proposal to sell ACA-noncompliant plans under Senate bill

Irune Rengel | 17 Julio, 2017, 16:01

The Congressional Budget Office will soon receive a pair of amended versions of the Senate's Better Care Reconciliation Act, one of which has been crafted by conservatives Ted Cruz of Texas and Mike Lee of Utah.

The proposal "is simply unworkable in any form and would undermine protections for those with pre-existing medical conditions, increase premiums and lead to widespread terminations of coverage for people now enrolled in the individual market", trade associations America's Health Insurance Plans and BlueCross BlueShield Association wrote in a letter to the Senate. Under Obamacare, all those people with preexisting conditions, who previously had been in high-risk pools, were lumped into individual insurance markets with everybody else, which of course caused premiums to rise. But experts say insurance simply doesn't work this way, and the "Cruz amendment" would unleash destructive forces for individuals without employer-sponsored coverage as well as for the system.

By effectively creating new individual insurance markets for cheaper, non-Obamacare plans, while also providing more than $180 billion for state-based initiatives to drive down premiums, this new version of the Senate health-care bill would in effect create federally funded high-risk pools for older and sicker Americans.

The insurance industry echoed that late Friday, strongly opposing Cruz's "Consumer Freedom Option" in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y.

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AHIP said the provision would essentially split the individual insurance market, which serves people who don't have coverage through a job or Medicare or Medicaid, into two separate markets.

The CBO estimated the original bill would increase the number of uninsured Americans by 22 million by the end of 2026. Ted Cruz would destabilize and fracture the individual insurance market. Mark Kirk who's no longer in the Senate. So long, that is, as they also offer at least one plan that does meet all of the ACA's mandates.

Health insurance lobbying groups are raising concerns about a proposed amendment to the Senate health care bill, warning that a proposal from Sen.

The Cruz amendment would go an extra step, potentially prodding millions of people with problems like diabetes or heart conditions to stay insured. Senate GOP leaders are hoping to vote on revised legislation next week. You could buy a plan that covered nearly nothing but a visit to a hospital emergency room and an annual physical, if you wanted to. This would create an isolated group of consumers that would face higher and higher premiums and deductibles because of the concentration of those in need of expensive care.

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"Everyone will want to stay on the exchange and use that money to subsidize off-exchange people", Holtz-Eakin said.

But there were also some consumers who bought lower-cost coverage without understanding the limitations of such plans, which companies and brokers marketed heavily, said Pollitz at the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Prior to choosing a fixed-indemnity insurance plan, it's important you understand what such a health plan entails. Hence the skyrocketing premiums under Obamacare.

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