Preserve Protections for Those with Pre-Conditions in the American Health Care Act
A recently introduced amendment to the American Health Care Act (AHCA) would be devastating for people with chronic diseases. The National Kidney Foundation is very concerned as the AHCA, as amended, could result in additional flexibility to charge higher premiums, and apply annual and lifetime limits on benefits without a limit on out-of-pocket costs for those with pre-existing conditions, including chronic kidney disease (CKD). The bill also permits waivers on Federal protections regarding essential health benefits that could limit patient access to the medications and care they need to manage their conditions. These limits may also include access to dialysis and transplantation. NKF is also concerned that the elimination of income based tax credits and cost sharing subsidies, combined with the reduction in funds to Medicaid, will reduce the number people who have coverage, many of whom have, or are at risk for, CKD.
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