March 29, 2017: Health Care Reform Update
By now, you may have heard that the American Health Care Act (AHCA) did not receive a vote in the House of Representatives on Friday, March 24th.
What does this mean for people who have health coverage through the Affordable Care Act (“Obama Care”) or Medicaid/Badger Care?
Please be assured that there are no changes scheduled that will affect your health insurance in 2017. Congress may take up discussions again about health care reform in the near future but the timing and the content of those discussions are unknown at this time.
Please check back with the “Latest News” on our website for any updates or call our Navigator at (262) 637-8377 with any questions or concerns you may have about your healthcare coverage.
The American Health Care Act
Many of you probably have questions about how the American Health Care Act (AHCA) will affect you and your family. In particular, people who are covered by either the Affordable Care Act (ACA-“ObamaCare”) or Medicaid/Badger Care are very worried about how the changes are going to affect their ability to afford healthcare coverage.
The short answer is that insurance plans under the ACA and Medicaid/Badger Care rules will probably not change in 2017 so if you have health care coverage now, you should continue paying your premiums each month so that you remain covered.
The longer answer is much more difficult because there are so many competing interests offering input into the AHCA that we really don’t yet know what the final plan will look like.
Please be assured we are watching the various proposals, with an eye toward how they will affect insurance coverage, particularly for vulnerable populations, including consumers who are lower-income, older, have pre-existing health conditions, or live in rural areas.
If you or anyone you know has questions about the status of their healthcare coverage, including Medicaid/Badger Care, please contact our Healthcare Navigator who can provide you with the latest information available about system changes. Most importantly, don’t give in to any insurance scams that may try to take advantage of the existing confusion.
You can reach our Racine-Kenosha Navigator at 262-637-8377, Monday – Friday from 8 to 4:30 pm.