St. Louis area providers aren’t backing the GOP health care plan

St. Louis area health care providers, policy and industry experts are not throwing their support behind the Republican health care plan working its way through Congress.

“There’s not anything we really like,” says Dave Dillon, spokesman for the Missouri Hospital Association. MHA represents all of Missouri’s 145 hospitals.

Dillon said the GOP plan would result in more uninsured individuals, leaving hospitals to care for patients without payment.

The American Medical Association, the American Hospital Association, and the AARP also have weighed in against the GOP plan.

BJC HealthCare, the St. Louis area’s largest health care provider and biggest employer, didn’t say if they approve or disapprove of the GOP bill. They’re still reviewing it. But spokeswoman June Fowler said any replacement for the Affordable Care Act “must retain access to coverage for those who in the past have been unable to afford health insurance.”

On Thursday, the Brookings Institute released an analysis that shows at least 15 million people could lose insurance coverage by 2026 under the Republican health care plan, known as the American Health Care Act.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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