New ACA Repeal Bill Would Harm As Many As 30 Million Millennials with Pre-Existing Conditions

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
April 20, 2017
Contact: Sarah Schultz, Sarah.Schultz@YoungInvincibles.org, 202-734-6510

Today, it was made public that Congressman MacArthur plans to introduce an amendment to the American Health Care Act, which the Administration and members of the House have suggested could go to a vote next week. In response, Jen Mishory, Executive Director of Young Invincibles, released the following statement:

“Once again, just a few short weeks since House Republicans tried to dismantle our health care system and strip millions of coverage, GOP leaders are trying to force the unpopular American Health Care Act through –  this time, with a new amendment that will make a bad bill worse.

The MacArthur amendment would again make people with pre-existing conditions vulnerable to being charged higher premiums based on their health status, putting affordable health care in jeopardy for the 30 million Millennials living with a pre-existing health condition. The amendment also alleges to protect comprehensive coverage, but in reality the amendment would allow states to strip key services from health plans, like maternity care, substance use disorder services, mental health care, and other vital services that Millennials want and need in their health coverage.

These harmful changes will be the newest threats added to the AHCA, which would already take away the health coverage of 24 million people. Republican leaders need to abandon this reckless repeal effort once and for all.”

 

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