The Autism Society is closely monitoring recent developments surrounding a possible health care compromise in the House of Representatives. A new amendment is winning support making it more likely that a vote could happen as early as this weekend. Action is needed immediately to stop the American Health Care Act (AHCA) from being approved by the House of Representatives. The latest proposal would enable states to seek waivers that would allow them to charge higher premiums to people with pre-existing conditions, including people with disabilities. The new amendment also would allow states to seek waivers from the Affordable Care Act’s requirement to provide essential health benefits, including crucial services for people with disabilities such as rehabilitative services and devices and preventative and wellness services. Advocates must keep up the momentum and prepare for the possibly of a full House vote on the new legislation. While rumors swirl on the latest contents, we remain committed to ensuring any legislation put forth by Congress protects Medicaid so millions of people with disabilities can receive the services and supports needed to take part in the American dream.
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