Health Care

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  Official Statement on the passage of the AHCA  
 
“For seven years, Americans have lived through the reality that government bureaucracy – with its massive rules and regulations – is not the answer to ensuring Americans have access to quality health care. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) promised affordable health insurance and access to health care for everyone, but the result has been the exact opposite. Ronald Reagan best described the dangers of government bureaucracy as, ‘In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.’

“Today the House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which begins the process of dismantling the bureaucratic red-tape that has forced premiums to skyrocket and made deductibles so high that many Americans found their insurance so costly it was unusable. This bill in itself doesn’t fix the entire problem, but it begins the process of fixing our broken health care system.”

 

  Learn more about the American Healthcare Act (AHCA)  
 
Updates to the American Health Care Act

Information on the MacArthur Amendment - Legislation that allows states to waive costly Obamacare mandates

Information on the McSally Bill - Legislation to prevent Congressional AHCA Exemptions 

The American Health Care Act section-by-section

Health Care charge and response

Progress In Our Work to Repeal and Replace Obamacare

Key Points: AHCA Lowers Premiums, Increases Choices

Health Care Bill Restores Pro-Life Principles

2015 Bill+ 2016 Ideas = 2017 American Health Care Act
 

  Frequently Asked Questions  
 
I have a pre-existing condition. How does this bill affect me?

Under our plan, insurance companies cannot deny you coverage based on pre-existing conditions. And your health status cannot affect your premiums, unless your state asks for and receives a waiver—a condition of which is the state having other protections in place for those with pre-existing conditions. Even if your state does obtain a waiver, so long as you’ve been continuously covered, you still cannot be charged more. And the bill provides added resources to help people in waiver states who have not been continuously covered to gain coverage. Bottom line, there are many levels of protection for those with pre-existing conditions in the legislation.

I heard about the MacArthur amendment allowing states to waive protections for pre-existing conditions. If this happens, will I lose all my benefits?

No. This amendment preserves protections for people with pre-existing conditions while giving states greater flexibility to lower premiums and stabilize the insurance market. To obtain a waiver, states will have to establish programs to serve people with pre-existing conditions. And no matter what, insurance companies cannot deny you coverage based on pre-existing conditions.

And what about the Upton amendment?
The Upton amendment provides an additional $8 billion for states seeking a waiver. These resources will allow people with pre-existing conditions who haven’t maintained continuous coverage to acquire affordable care.

Are Members of Congress exempt from this provision?

No. Members will not be exempt. This was initially included for technical reasons to comply with Senate rules, but the House is voting to fix this before voting on the AHCA.

Why are you cutting women’s health services?
We’re not. In fact, we’re expanding women’s access to health services by redirecting Planned Parenthood dollars to community health centers, which vastly outnumber Planned Parenthood clinics.

Why are you voting to kick 24 million people off health care?

We’re not. AHCA will ensure everyone has access to affordable, quality health care, but we’re just not forcing people to buy insurance. Moreover, that estimate failed to take into account other planned legislative and administrative actions, which will help bring down costs and expand coverage.

*Source: Office of Speaker Ryan
 

  AHCA Key Facts  
 
• Delivers more immediate relief from Obamacare’s taxes.
• Ensures Americans have the help they need to access care that’s right for them by providing additional support for those with high health care costs— including older low- and middle-income Americans.
• Gives states the additional flexibility they requested for their Medicaid programs, including a block grant option and optional work requirements.
• Prevents new states from opting in to Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion at the enhanced match.
• Provides a more generous reimbursement for elderly and disabled Medicaid enrollees.
• Expands federal support for state-based maternity coverage and newborn care and mental health and substance use services.
• Establishes a Federal Invisible Risk Sharing Program to further stabilize markets and lower premiums.
 

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  Health Care Legislation, 115th Congress  
 

H.R. 372 – Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act
H.R. 1101 – Small Business Health Fairness Act
H.R. 1304 – Self-Insurance Protection Act

 

  Health Care Legislation, 114th Congress  
 


On January 8th, 2015,
with my support, the House passed H.R. 30 - Save American Workers Act of 2015, which would change the 30-hour threshold for classification as a full-time employee for purposes of the employer mandate in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and replace it with 40 hours.

On January 22nd, 2015, with my support, the House passed H.R. 7 - No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2015.

On February 3rd, 2015, with my cosponsor, the House passed H.R. 596 to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and health care-related provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010, and for other purposes. (Repeal of Obamacare)

On March 25th, 2015, with my support, the House passed H.Con.Res. 27 -Establishing the budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2016 and setting forth appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2017 through 2025. (Republican budget that would repeal Obamacare and pay off the national debt in 10 years)

In addition to the legislation that has already passed the House, I am cosponsoring the following legislation:

H.R. 160 -  Protect Medical Innovation Act of 2015, which would remove the excise tax on medical devices.

H.R. 928 -  To repeal the annual fee on health insurance providers enacted by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

H.R. 1190 - Protecting Seniors' Access to Medicare Act of 2015

R. 221Obamacare Taxpayer Bailout Prevention Act

H.R. 1234 - Medical Freedom Act of 2015

H.R. 537 -   Truth in Obamacare Advertising Act of 2015 (to publicly disclose that advertising of Obamacare is paid for with taxpayer dollars)

H.R. 2698 - Tanning Tax Repeal Act of 2015


 
 
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