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ObamaCare repeal bill could affect employer health plans

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The GOP plan to revoke and trade ObamaCare could remove protections for people who get health insurance through their employers, The Wall Street Journal announced Thursday.

A provision in the revised plan — which is relied upon to get a House vote on Thursday — enables states to get waivers for some ObamaCare protection directions. This incorporates the “essential health benefit” standards.

The ObamaCare regulations allow large employers to pick what state’s fundamental medical advantages gauges they submit to. Since the enactment made a national standard of primary advantages, however, that provision has mostly been meaningless.

Under the new GOP bill, however, if a state connected and got a waiver and could set its essential health benefits, a huge boss in any state would have the capacity to change its plans to abide by those requirements, potentially cutting costs.

If a large employer chose the benefit requirements in a waiver state, they might force lifetime restricts on therapeutic services costs and wipe out-of-pocket tops from their arrangements, for instance.

“It’s huge,” Andy Slavitt, former acting administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services under former President Barack Obama, told the Journal. “They’re creating a backdoor way to gut employer plans, too.”  Larry Levitt, a senior vice president at the Kaiser Family Foundation, raised another question.

“The real question is, would employers do this? Many wouldn’t,” Levitt said. “Many employers offer quality benefits to attract employees. But companies are always looking for ways to lower costs.”

The GOP medicinal services charge increased new energy on Wednesday, after Republican Reps. Fred Upton (Mich.) and Billy Long (Mo.) said they would bolster the bill after another correction from Upton.

The amendment released Wednesday night listed as co-sponsors four officials who were either undecided or had previously planned to vote no on the bill.

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