Tipton Votes To Repeal And Replace Obama Care

The American Health Care Act, the Republican legislation aimed at repealing and replacing Obama Care, was approved yesterday by the US House of Representatives. Colorado Congressman Scott Tipton was part of the Republican contingent that voted for the bill. Tipton says that the Affordable Care Act or Obama Care is broken, so he could no longer stand idly by while Coloradans face exorbitant health care costs. One of the major concerns, according to Tipton, was the coverage of people with pre-existing conditions. Tipton believes the AHCA now assures those with pre-existing conditions will be covered and that they won’t be dropped from their insurance. Tipton concludes that he is confident that with more power and flexibility, Colorado’s state and local leaders will be able to make decisions that will produce better health outcomes for individuals and families in our state. Additional information on the regulations contained within the American Health Care Act is available below.

The American  Health Care Act:

  • Repeals the individual and employer insurance mandates, and sets the tax penalty at $0 retroactively beginning on Dec. 31, 2015;
  • Retains the ACA ban on denying insurance coverage due to a pre-existing condition;
  • Provides states with the option to apply for a waiver from some of the Obamacare community rating regulations, but the state must establish a risk-sharing program to ensure access to affordable insurance;
  • Creates a $123 billion fund to support state-run risk-sharing programs;
  • Dedicates $15 billion to states for maternity and newborn care, and mental illness and substance abuse treatment;
  • Repeals the tax on over-the-counter medications;
  • Repeals the limit on contributions to flexible savings accounts beginning on Dec. 31, 2017;
  • Increases the maximum contribution limit to a Health Savings Account (HSA), so the basic limit would be at least $6,550 for individuals and $13,100 for families beginning in 2018;
  • Provides advanceable, age-based tax credits to individuals who do not have access to health insurance through Medicare, Medicaid or their employer. The tax credit is not contingent on tax liability;
  • Authorizes a fund of approximately $75 billion for states to provide additional assistance to senior citizens who do not yet qualify for Medicare, do not qualify for Medicaid, and do not receive health insurance through an employer;
  • Restores $79 billion to hospitals that provide a high proportion of care to Medicare, Medicaid, and uninsured patients;
  • Allows states that expanded Medicaid coverage under Obamacare to receive the Federal Enhanced Assistance Percentage of 90% for individuals enrolled in the program prior to Dec. 31, 2019;
  • Preserves the ability of states to cover Medicaid expansion enrollees (childless, non-disabled, non-elderly, non-pregnant adults) at a State’s regular Federal Medical Assistance Percentage;
  • Reforms and ensures the viability of the Medicaid program for the most vulnerable by allowing states to choose between receiving a federal block grant or a per-capita-cap model to administer the program;
  • Allows states to institute a work requirement on able-bodied adults receiving Medicaid assistance. A state would not be able to impose a work requirement on women who are pregnant, children under the age of 19, an individual who is the only parent or caretaker of a child under the age of 6 or a child who has a disability, or an individual who is under the age of 20 who is married or who is head of a household and maintains satisfactory attendance at school.

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