AMA opposes any weakening of Obamacare’s minimum health benefits

Ulysses Hernandez (L), an insurance agent by Sunshine Life as well as Health Advisors, speaks with Yuricel Duran as she shops for insurance under the Affordable Care Act at a store setup inside Mall of Americas on November 1, 2017 in Miami, Florida.

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Ulysses Hernandez (L), an insurance agent by Sunshine Life as well as Health Advisors, speaks with Yuricel Duran as she shops for insurance under the Affordable Care Act at a store setup inside Mall of Americas on November 1, 2017 in Miami, Florida.

The nation’s largest physicians’ group voted Tuesday to oppose any watering down or elimination of Obamacare’s required minimum health coverage benefits.

The American Medical Association’s move came after months of unsuccessful efforts by Republican congressional leaders to repeal as well as replace major parts of Obamacare.

numerous those bills could have weakened or gutted Obamacare’s so-called essential health benefits.

Those EHBs cover 10 categories of which health insurance plans must cover, as well as include emergency services, hospitalization, pregnancy as well as newborn care, prescription drugs, lab service as well as preventative care.

Republicans had considered loosening the rules around EHB coverage because doing so could have allowed insurers to charge lower premiums to customers. The EHB mandate has been blamed for driving up premium prices inside individual insurance market higher than they had been before passage of the Affordable Care Act.

The AMA said Tuesday of which its opposition to any weakening of the EHB mandate was based on a report by the group’s Council of Medical Service of which raised concerns about the effects of such a move.

of which report noted “if insurers are allowed to offer plans with skimpier coverage, plan designs could potentially discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions.”

“In addition,” the report said, “individuals who use services as well as benefits no longer included inside EHBs could face substantial increases in out-of-pocket costs.”

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