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Trump Prohibits Pre-Exisiting Conditions Defense

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Unable to nullify the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in Congress, the Trump administration has instead chipped away at the ACA’s foundations in an attempt to effectuate its collapse. That collapse hasn’t happened yet. In fact, ACA exchange market appears to have recovered from last year's doldrums. But, another key ACA pillar is now vulnerable to being eliminated.

 

A lawsuit by 20 U.S. Republican states seeks to invalidate pre-existing condition protections contained in the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

 

A pre-existing condition is any disease or condition for which an applicant for health insurance has sought medical care. The lawsuit also seeks to remove ACA provisions regarding community rating. Here, community rating refers to the setting of insurance premiums without adjusting for a person’s health status.

 

The lawsuit, Texas v. Azar, was filed in February 2018 by Texas and 19 other states. It builds on the recent repeal of the ACA’s individual mandate, which was part of last year’s tax reform law. In the case, the plaintiffs argue that because the mandate was an essential part of the ACA, the entire law should be invalidated.

 

Remarkably, the U.S. Department of Justice stated in a court filing it would not defend ACA in the litigation. In fact, it went further by arguing in a court brief that ACA protections for pre-existing conditions should be ruled unconstitutional.

 

A ruling is not expected until later this year.

 

However, if the 20 states prevail, over 50 million Americans with pre-existing conditions could lose partial or whole coverage, or face much higher premiums.

 

Source - https://www.forbes.com/sites/joshuacohen/2018/10/08/possible-removal-of-pre-existing-conditions-prot...

 

 

 

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