Trending News Today: ACA Repeal May Allow Fast Food Chains to Hide Calorie Counts on Menus
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In addition to the more highly publicized provisions that could be lost with a repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Americans may lose other important measures implemented by the health law, as well. Depending on which specific measures are repealed, restaurants and fast food chains may no longer be forced to reveal calorie counts on their menus, and workplaces may not be required to provide private breast-feeding rooms for mothers, according to Kaiser Health News. Additionally, patients may not be able to receive financial assistance if they receive emergency care that is out-of-network.
Due to a bookkeeping error, nearly 10,000 individuals insured through Covered California, the state’s ACA marketplace, have lost their tax credits. These individuals lost their financial assistance because they did not consent to the agency verifying their income against the federal database, California Healthline reported. However, the agency is currently contacting these individuals to obtain consent and restore their tax credits.
Senate Republicans recently took steps toward repealing the ACA by approving a budget blueprint that would remove the threat of a Democratic filibuster, according to The New York Times. During the roll call, Democrats expressed their opposition to the budget. This shows how quickly the Republican lawmakers are ready to take action to repeal the law.