Navigation Links
Congressional Health Care Reform Proposals Will Make Health Care More Expensive, Less Robust for Ohioans

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Nov. 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Ohio Association of Health Plans (OAHP) today warned that Ohioans could experience higher health care premiums and less robust benefits if proposals being considered by Congress as part of comprehensive health care reform were to become law.

If the reforms proposed by the Senate Finance Committee were enacted, average claims per member in Ohio would increase 60% over five years in the individual market and 24% in the small group market, according to data from the Kaiser Family Foundation, Oliver Wyman and America's Health Insurance Plans.

Premiums on the individual market in Ohio could increase 49% over ten years and 28% over ten years in the small group market.

The House health care reform proposal, which will be debated and voted on before the Senate bill, would strip $170 billion from Medicare Advantage over ten years. This would have a catastrophic effect on the nearly 500,000 Ohio seniors who rely on Medicare Advantage plans to get their health care.

The cuts to the Medicare Advantage program are likely to mean fewer benefits and higher out of pocket costs, while many seniors could be at risk of losing their coverage altogether.

"Our leaders in Congress made a promise to Ohioans that health care reform would make care more affordable for everyone and that you could keep your coverage if you were satisfied with it," said Kelly McGivern, president and CEO of OAHP. "What we're seeing with the proposals which are being debated in Washington is promises made, promises broken."

Recent research has shown that health care in Ohio will become even more expensive as a result of the current legislation that does not include a workable individual mandate; would impose excise taxes that will be passed on to premiums; and taxes high-value health plans and cost-shifts as a result of significant cuts to Medicare Advantage.

A recent actuarial analysis conducted by WellPoint, which has a major presence in Ohio, estimates premium increases at 122% for individuals of average age and heath.

McGivern concluded, "From the beginning of the health care reform debate, Ohio health plans have been firmly in the camp of reform. We agree that health care costs too much, that everyone needs to get covered and that we have to act to improve quality.

"Unfortunately, the proposals being considered by Congress would do nothing to make health care more affordable for working families and individuals in Ohio - and they could strip coverage away from thousands of seniors statewide."

The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote on its version of health care reform legislation this weekend or early next week. The U.S. Senate is awaiting a fiscal estimate by the Congressional Budget Office before unveiling its final version of health care reform legislation.

SOURCE Ohio Association of Health Plans

SOURCE Ohio Association of Health Plans
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Analysis of Congressional health reform bills highlights similarities, differences, costs
2. Kidney Care Community Commends Congressional Black Caucus for Naming Expansion of Medicare Provisions for Kidney Failure Patients as Top Priority
3. Pelosi Remarks at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundations Annual Legislative Conference
4. Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony to Speak at Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Annual Legislative Conference
5. Townhall Comes to Washington: FRC Action to Host Congressional Forum on Health Care
6. As August Congressional Recess Concludes, Polls Show Seniors, General Public Strongly Opposed to Medicare Cuts in Congressional Health Reform Plan, Says AHCA
7. Congressional Democrats Achieve Credibility With Latino Voters
8. APTA Calls For CMS and Congressional Action to Prohibit Unqualified Personnel From Providing Physical Therapy Services
9. Expressing Growing Concern, THCA Urges Texas Congressional Delegation to Protect Seniors Medicare-Funded Nursing Home Care as Health Reform Debate Proceeds
10. APHA Applauds Congressional Action on Health Reform
11. CMPI to Host Hill Briefing Tomorrow on Follow-on Biologic Drugs for Media and Congressional Staff With Reps. Eshoo and Rogers
Post Your Comments:
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... Coveros, a leader ... been awarded a contract by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). ... the enterprise use of Agile methodologies in a consistent and high value manner ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... 2017 , ... First Healthcare Compliance (FHC), an industry leader ... range of technology and learning solutions at the 68th Annual American Healthcare Association ... held October 14–18, 2017 at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada. ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... 12, 2017 , ... The company has developed a suite ... regulatory authorities worldwide. From Children’s to Adults 50+, every formula has been developed ... , These products are also: Gluten Free, Non-GMO, Vegan, Soy Free, Non-Dairy*, ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... , ... Asante, a nationally recognized health system in southern ... home health joint venture through an agreement, effective October 1, 2017, to create ... health company with Asante, delivering clinically integrated care, for the past eight years. ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... ... HMP , a leader in healthcare events and education, today announced that ... for ‘Best B-to-B Healthcare Website.’ Winners were announced during the Eddie & Ozzie Awards ... recognizes editorial and design excellence across a range of sectors. This year’s program included ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:9/18/2017)... , Pa. and KALAMAZOO, Mich. , Sept. ... Penn. , and OptiMed Specialty Pharmacy of ... partnership to offer a strategic hub service that expedites ... highly sought-after personal spirometer, Spiro PD 2.0, and wellness ... A spirometer is a medical device used to measure ...
(Date:9/12/2017)... 12, 2017   EcoVadis , the leading platform for environmental, social ... annual edition of its Global CSR Risk and Performance Index. The report ... based on Scorecard Ratings that analyzed nearly 800,000 data points across the ... ... ...
(Date:9/9/2017)... ... DC ... th – Monday, September 18 th .The Brain Tumor Foundation (BTF) ... to the public.Where:  BTF,s Mobile MRI Unit – ... NW, Washington, D.C.What:BTF brings its nationwide initiative, the Road to Early Detection ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: