|A lot of health care news has come out of Washington this week. Here's what it means for the nursing profession and the patients you serve.
CBO: 23 Million More Americans Uninsured under AHCA Yesterday, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its analysis of the American Health Care Act (AHCA). The CBO estimates that the AHCA would leave 23 million more Americans uninsured by 2026 than if the current law remained in place, including 14 million by 2018, when premiums are expected to increase by 20 percent more than under the current law.
Additionally, direct federal funding for Medicaid would be decreased by $880 billion, resulting in 14 million fewer enrollees by 2026. Seniors will fare even worse. According to AARP, "Twenty-five million people ages 50-64 have a preexisting condition and would face much higher premiums—thousands of dollars a year—that in many cases would be unaffordable." In states that request the AHCA waivers, premiums for low-income elderly individuals would rise 800 percent.
ANA remains steadfastly opposed to the AHCA because it fails to fulfill our principles: ensuring health care access, quality, and affordability for all Americans.
Moving forward, ANA urges the Senate to draft a comprehensive health care plan that protects Americans from being denied insurance coverage because of preexisting conditions and provides access to affordable health insurance coverage plans that offer a minimum standard of benefits.