First, Do No Harm to Patients With Pre-Existing Conditions

First, Do No Harm to Patients With Pre-Existing Conditions
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The recent U.S. House decision to pull the first iteration of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) off the floor doesn't necessarily mean efforts to reform health care are at an end. As members of Congress work to develop legislation that will change the current health care system, they must develop policy that ensures people with pre-existing conditions will receive coverage without additional costs in premiums, deductibles or coinsurance for their pre-existing condition.

As it stands, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) prohibits insurers from denying coverage to Americans with pre-existing conditions – no matter how severe or costly their medical care might be. Had the AHCA passed, a new provision would have required that patients with pre-existing conditions maintain continuous coverage without a lapse of more than 63 days.

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