Letting States Decide Health Coverage Could Make It Harder To Buy

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, says the latest version of the GOP bill would let states decide on required benefits.

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House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, says the latest version of the GOP bill would let states decide on required benefits.

J. Scott Applewhite/AP

A last-minute attempt by conservative Republicans to dump standards for health benefits in plans sold to individuals would probably lower the average person’s upfront insurance costs, such as premiums and deductibles, say analysts on both sides of the debate to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

But it will very likely also induce insurers to offer much skimpier plans, potentially excluding the gravely ill and putting consumers at greater financial risk if they need care.

As part of the push by House GOP leaders to gain more support for their plan, they amended the bill Thursday to allow states to decide, starting next year, which, if any, benefits insurers must provide on the individual market, rather than

Article source: http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/03/24/521350830/letting-states-decide-health-coverage-could-make-it-harder-to-buy?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=affordablecareact

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