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GOP Pushes Shoddy Health Coverage that Increases Costs for People with Pre-Existing Conditions

The Trump Administration has announced new steps to sabotage America’s health care system as part of the GOP’s political crusade to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. Yesterday, the Trump Administration ended most of the funding for grassroots programs that help Americans get access to health care through the ACA and will now for the first time encourage these programs to push folks into buying third-rate insurance plans that “cover fewer medical services” and “bypass” the law protecting patients from predatory insurance practices.

Washington Post: Administration slashes grants to help Americans get Affordable Care Act coverage

  • The Trump administration is eliminating most of the funding for grass-roots groups that help Americans get Affordable Care Act insurance and will for the first time urge the groups to promote health plans that bypass the law’s consumer protections and required benefits.

  • The president last fall also issued an executive order to try to make it easier for individuals and small businesses to buy health plans that cost less than ACA coverage because they cover fewer medical services and bypass the law’s rules intended to protect people from old insurance practices in which companies had charged higher prices to women, older people, and those with preexisting medical conditions.

  • Since then, the Labor Department has issued a rule to broaden the use of one such kind of insurance, called “association health plans.” The Department of Health and Human Services is finishing another rule that will lengthen the duration allowed for short-term insurance plans… Groups that apply for navigator grants will now be expected to encourage clients to buy those two types of insurance.

This comes on the heels of the Trump Administration endorsing the GOP lawsuit to make protections for pre-existing conditions unconstitutional and the Trump Administration’s latest announcement ending critical risk adjustment payments that help stabilize the state health insurance marketplaces.

Nevada Democratic State Party spokesperson Sarah Abel released the following statement:

“Washington Republicans are now actively promoting shoddy, third-rate health insurance plans that don’t provide patient protections. This Heller-backed sabotage crusade threatens to put more Nevadans back in the dilemma of having lousy health insurance where they can be discriminated against and charged more simply for having a pre-existing condition. Nevadans are tired of these relentless attacks, and they’re ready to elect a new senator in November.”