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States: Take action to prevent healthcare sabotage

May 1, 2018

Although Republicans failed to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) outright in 2017, they continue to pursue policies which erode insurance access and drive up premium costs. To this end, the Trump administration has proposed regulations to allow consumers to purchase short-term insurance plans as a replacement for bona fide insurance coverage.
Short-term insurance plans are not subject to ACA regulations, so they can discriminate against people with preexisting conditions, decline to cover essential services like hospitalizations, and charge exorbitant deductibles. However, these plans’ premiums are cheaper, making them attractive to healthy consumers. For example, a short-term plan for a non-smoking woman in DC would have a premium of about $100 a month, but a deductible of $10,000 and no prescription drug coverage. Because these plans offer substandard coverage, put consumers at risk of medical bankruptcy, and encourage healthy people to exit the individual insurance market, the Obama administration limited the duration of short-term insurance plans to three months. However, the Trump administration plans to let people purchase this coverage for up to 364 days. This move not only endangers consumers, who often don’t realize they’re purchasing junk coverage, but also leaves behind a relatively sicker and older pool of consumers purchasing insurance on the individual market. The exodus of healthy consumers from the individual market increases premiums for those still buying ACA-compliant coverage.
In the face of Republicans’ ongoing sabotage, states must prohibit the sale of substandard, non-ACA compliant plans in their state to protect their constituents’ access to healthcare and encourage healthy people to purchase adequate insurance.
Call this office:
Peter Barca D-WI
Why you’re calling this office:
This is your State Lower Legislature representative.
Your script:

Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from Kenosha.
I'm calling to urge [REP or SEN NAME] to develop and pass legislation banning the sale of non-ACA compliant insurance plans in our state. The sale of substandard short-term plans puts consumers at risk of medical bankruptcy and drives up premiums on the individual market by creating a less favorable risk pool.
Thank you for your time and attention. 


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