Monday, March 27, 2017

The essential benefits Twamp(don't)care cut

Yep, that was the final straw in their wealthcare bill. The Freedom Caucus demanded those benefits be removed or else, and the moderate Republicans said to do so was cruel to their constituents. The GOP had long wanted to get rid of them so as to offer the same kind of cheap policies that were available before Obamacare. Of course those essential services might be added to policies but for very expensive premiums and deductibles, if offered at all. The required essential services that would have been cut are:

1. Ambulatory patient services.
2. Emergency services.
3. Hospitalization.
4. Maternity and newborn care.
5. Mental health and substance abuse services.
6. Prescription drugs.
7. Rehabilitative and habilitative services and devices.
8. Laboratory services.
9. Preventive and wellness services and chronic disease management.
10. Pediatric services, including oral and vision care.

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