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Tell Senators to Preserve Protections for Chronic Disease Patients
The American Brain Coalition (ABC) has been tracking healthcare reform activities and assessing whether the various bills offered meet the principles that our members developed several years ago.
Several GOP Senators, including Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA), developed legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and there are efforts underway to pass the legislation before the October 1st deadline. Unfortunately, the Graham-Cassidy proposal is more extreme than other recent Senate proposals and would be particularly harmful to individuals and families impacted by neurological and psychiatric conditions.
The bill would:
  • Allow insurance companies to charge more for those individuals with pre-existing health conditions.
  • Drastically cut financial assistance that ensures that quality healthcare insurance is more affordable for those with low or moderate incomes.
  • Allow states to more easily opt out of requiring quality health insurance options and comprehensive benefits.
  • States would be allowed to redefine what is considered to be an essential health benefit which would create disparities in care among states and influence what types of care would be subject to annual or lifetime caps.
At this crucial time, it is important to reach out to the two Senators from your state, educate them about unique challenges faced by individuals with chronic conditions, and ask for their support in maintaining patient protections in the Senate healthcare reform bill. Speak up before the vote!
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