Trump’s “health plan” raises major alarms in California

Responding to President-elect Donald Trump’s “health plan” released today (https://www.greatagain.gov/policy/healthcare.html), here’s a comment from Anthony Wright, executive director, Health Access California, the statewide health care consumer advocacy coalition:

“President-elect Trump’s health plan of a few paragraphs has virtually no detail, but just enough to raise major alarm about the significant threats to Medicare, Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act, and our health system overall.”

“The plan is explicit in both repealing federal patient protections against health plan abuses, but also pre-empting state consumer protections. Under the Trump plan, out-of-state insurers would be enter the state while avoiding California consumer protections. California’s patient’s bill of rights that is at risk include access to timely care, network adequacy, and the right to appeal an insurer’s denial of care.”

“What the plan does not include is any re-commitment from President-elect Trump to ensure that 22 millions of Americans will not lose health coverage resulting from the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, nor any hint of a plan to replace it. The plan is explicit in allowing health insurers to deny patients with pre-existing conditions, relegating those consumers to a segregated high-risk pool that have traditionally been prohibitively expensive with limited benefits.”

“Without a pushback from California policymakers and the public, this plan would represent a major setback to access and affordability for coverage and care for millions of Californians.”

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