Politics Major insurance groups call part of health bill 'unworkable'

16:06  15 july  2017
16:06  15 july  2017 Source:   Associated Press

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Two of the insurance industry's most powerful organizations say a crucial provision in the Senate Republican health care bill allowing the sale of bare-bones policies is " unworkable in any form."

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two of the insurance industry's most powerful organizations say a crucial provision in the Senate Republican health care bill allowing the sale of bare-bones policies is

FILE - In this July 13, 2017 file photo, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. walks to his office on Capitol Hill in Washington. Republicans’ latest health care plan would create winners and losers among Americans up and down the income ladder, and across age groups. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File): Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, shown on Capitol Hill on Thursday, is struggling to win support for the latest version of the Senate health bill.  © The Associated Press Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, shown on Capitol Hill on Thursday, is struggling to win support for the latest version of the Senate health bill. 

WASHINGTON — Two of the insurance industry's most powerful organizations say a crucial provision in the Senate Republican health care bill allowing the sale of bare-bones policies is "unworkable in any form."

The criticism was lodged in an unusual joint statement by America's Health Care Plans and the BlueCross BlueShield Association.

It is a blow to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's efforts to line up enough Republican votes to push the health care legislation through the Senate next week.

The provision was written by conservative Sen. Ted Cruz, of Texas, who says it will drive down premiums. McConnell hopes it will win conservative support for the overall bill, but moderates are worried it will reduce coverage.

Insurers don’t have to cover birth control under GOP’s revised health bill .
The Affordable Care Act ensures that all FDA-approved birth control methods are covered without a copay if you have health insurance, with few exceptions. But the revised Senate health care bill would scrap the birth control mandate.But the revised Senate health care bill would scrap the birth control mandate — allowing insurance companies to sell plans that don’t include any of the currently mandated women’s preventive health services, from birth control to HPV testing.

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