A recent AARP Public Policy Institute analysis finds that 40 percent of Americans ages 50 to 64 have pre-existing conditions like cancer or heart disease, and could lose coverage under the American Health Care Act (AHCA). In Arkansas, the impact would be even more pronounced: 52 percent of adults 50-64—over 280,000 Arkansans—could lose coverage under the AHCA due to pre-existing conditions.

The American Health Care Act, which narrowly passed the U.S. House of Representatives on May 4 and is awaiting action by the U.S. Senate,  would make health care unaffordable and inaccessible for millions of Americans—including hundreds of thousands of Arkansans.

The AHCA is very bad medicine for Arkansans, especially those ages 50 to 64. It would:

X Remove protections for people with pre-existing health conditions, impacting over 280,000 Arkansans.

X Weaken protections for people in the individual market and those with employer-sponsored coverage, impacting over 385,000 Arkansans.

X Unfairly penalize older Americans with an Age Tax—significantly increasing premiums beyond many Arkansans’ ability to pay, impacting over 82,000 Arkansans.

X Reduce funding for Medicare by $125 billion, hastening Medicare’s insolvency and raising premiums. In 2016, Medicare provided coverage for 575,587 Arkansans of all ages.

X Cut Medicaid by over $800 billion, jeopardizing Arkansans’ access to home- and community-based services and forcing them to rely on more expensive nursing home care. In 2017, more than 943,000 Arkansans received health coverage and long-term care through Medicaid.

Learn more by downloading this printable PDF handout and check out the AARP Public Policy Institute reports and blog posts for more detailed analysis of the AHCA.

 

 

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