Anxiety over GOP health bill grows in Missouri as it approaches Senate vote

As Senate Republicans work behind closed doors to draft the American Health Care Act, the bill being considered a replacement for the Affordable Care Act, some Missourians are scrambling for information.

Members of disability advocacy groups, as well as elected officials, have called for open hearings on the bill since it passed the U.S. House of Representatives along party lines in May.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell plans to move to a vote before the chamber’s July 4th recess. That timeline concerns some Missourians who say they want to see major changes to the House bill the Congressional Budget Office estimated would reduce Medicaid funding by more than $800 billion over 10 years.

Supporters of the Republican bill say that it will encourage states to find innovative ways to maintain coverage for those who need it most while curbing unsustainable cost increases.

Other groups are concerned about the bill allowing states to give health insurers the freedom to charge more based on pre-existing conditions and the end of the Medicaid expansion program that provided federal cash to extend health coverage to low-income people in states that opted in.

Read more: Kansas City Star

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