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Wednesday, March 15, 2017
No matter what your politics, come learn how the AHCA will affect you -March 16 meeting
Confused about the new American Health Care Act? **Gov. Phil Scott also told reporters Friday he was concerned about tens of thousands Vermonters losing coverage and the possible loss of subsidies under the proposed Republican plan. see article below-bottom of page
The Congressional Budget Office* report about the AHCA bill is now available-the CBO* is run by a director, who is appointed by Congress and serves a four-year term. The current director, Keith Hall, was picked by House Republicans (including then-Budget Committee chair and now HHS Secretary Tom Price) in 2015. Here is some info about the new bill
The AHCA Health Plan Means 24 Million Americans Will Lose Coverage
"If the AHCA bill were enacted, the uptick of uninsured would begin this year, to 31 million.
By 2026, 52 million would be uninsured under the American Health Care Act, which is the first step in the Republican repeal-and-replace plan. "
Under the legislation, premiums for older people could be five times larger than those for younger people in many states, but the size of the tax credits for older people would only be twice the size of the credits for younger people," they wrote.
Sanders' town halls will be held at in Springfield, Vermont,on Thursday,March 16, 7 p.m. in the gym at Riverside Middle School*.Admission is free. and at the Vermont Technical College in Randolph Center, Vermont, on Friday, March 17.(*The Trailblazers (8th grade team) at Riverside Middle School will host a Spaghetti Supper on Thursday, March 16th from 5 – 6:30 p.m. at the Riverside Middle School cafeteria, immediately preceding Bernie Sanders’ town hall meeting.)
What will AHCA cost Vermont? Below is link of possible cost to Vermont** (link below and part of article cut and pasted here) https://vtdigger.org/2017/03/11/new-health-care-bill-cost-vermont-200-million/$200 million is the first estimate of potential losses the state could face if the proposed American Health Care Act is enacted. The state currently spends $1.7 billion in federal and state dollars on the Medicaid program.
Al Gobeille, the secretary of the Agency of Human Services, said without that $200 million per year, the state could be forced to lower Medicaid payments to doctors and hospitals; reduce benefits for Medicaid patients; and cut other health programs that receive Medicaid funding.
Gov. Phil Scott also told reporters Friday he was concerned about tens of thousands Vermonters losing coverage and the possible loss of subsidies under the proposed Republican plan.
“At first blush, this appears would have a detrimental effect on Vermont, “ Scott said. “We take this seriously.”
Gobeille said that means many Vermont families would need to pay thousands of dollars more per year for health care in the commercial insurance market. His team outlined three scenarios for low-income families:
• A 27-year-old making $25,305 currently pays just under $3,000 per year for health insurance, but would pay more than $5,500 per year if the new bill is enacted. • A two-person household making $37,144 currently pays about $6,200 per year for medical coverage, but would pay nearly $9,800 per year under the American Health Care Act. • A family of four making $51,020 currently pays just under $5,000 per year for health insurance, but would pay more than $9,000 per year under the new law.
Gobeille’s team also described how higher-income people would benefit:• A 27-year-old making $75,000 per year currently doesn’t receive any subsidy for health insurance, but could get a tax credit of $2,000 per year under the proposal. • A 40-year-old making $75,000 per year could get a tax credit of $3,000 per year. • A 60-year-old making $75,000 per year could receive $4,000 per year.