- David Joyce – 202.225.5731
- Steve Stivers – 202.225.2015
- Jim Renacci – 202.225.3876
- Mike Turner – 202.225.6465
If you live in the district of Congressman Joyce, Stivers, Renacci, or Turner, the AAFP asks that you make a call to their office today to asked for a no vote on the H.R 1628.
- Eliminates consumer protections such as discrimination based on age, gender, and health condition (pre-existing conditions), prohibitions on annual and lifetime caps
- Raises premiums on older adults (especially those over 50)
- Forces people with pre-exiting conditions into mandatory, under-funded high risk pools
- Guts Medicaid and places new requirements on eligible individuals (able body work requirements)
- Destabilizes the individual market.
There is an amendment in play that has been widely misrepresented. The MacArthur Amendment attempts to protect people with pre-existing conditions, but it does not do so. In fact, the amendment creates a ‘super waiver” that would allow states to opt-out of all Affordable Care Act consumer and insurance reforms if they 1) set up a high-risk pool; 2) show that premiums would be lower – an extremely low bar. To be clear, this legislation with or without the MacArthur Amendment does not protect individuals with pre-existing health conditions. It not only allows, it facilitates higher prices for this population and it takes away their choices by forcing them into high-risk pools.
View recent AAFP communications on the legislation.