Farm Bill Could Undo Part Of The Affordable Care Act

The House bill calls for $65 million in loans and grants, administered by the USDA, to establish “association-style” health plans that likely wouldn’t have to cover hospitalization, prescription drugs or emergency care.

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The House bill calls for $65 million in loans and grants, administered by the USDA, to establish “association-style” health plans that likely wouldn’t have to cover hospitalization, prescription drugs or emergency care.

Zach Gibson/Getty Images

Although the GOP repeal-and-replace mantra seems to have quieted, some Republican lawmakers continue efforts to get around the sweeping federal health law’s requirements.

Sometimes that happens in surprising places. Like the farm bill.

Tucked deep inside the House version of the massive bill — amid crop subsidies and food assistance programs — is a provision that supporters say could help provide farmers with cheaper (and likely less comprehensive) health insurance than plans offered through the Affordable Care Act.

Article source: https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2018/05/08/608566531/farm-bill-could-undo-part-of-the-affordable-care-act?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=affordablecareact

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