Tweak To Senate Bill Penalizing Consumers For Dropping Insurance Draws Sharp Criticism
The change is aimed at appeasing skittish industry leaders, but patient advocates say Americans could face grave health consequences if they have to wait for a plan to kick in before seeking costly treatments.
U.S. Senate Republicans Release Changes To Healthcare Proposal
U.S. Senate Republicans on Monday released changes to their healthcare bill, including a six-month waiting period for people who have let their insurance coverage lapse for over 63 days - about two months - and want to get insured again. (Cornwell, 6/26)
The Washington Post:
Senate Leaders Try To Bolster GOP Health-Care Bill With Incentive For Consumers To Stay Insured
The change, intended to satisfy insurers and minimize the number of Americans who may drop their plans if the bill becomes law, received measured praise from some industry officials but sharp criticism from patient advocates. The move — the first in a series of changes Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) plans to make in the next few days — underscores the degree to which Republicans need to retool their health bill if they hope to pass it this week. (Eilperin and Sullivan, 6/26)