Trending News Today: More Americans Could be Uninsured Under ACA Replacement Plan

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GOP leaders expect that a Congressional Budget Office analysis will find that more Americans will be uninsured under the American Health Care Act (AHCA). House Speaker Paul Ryan expects less Americans to be insured due to the elimination of the individual mandate, which removes government intervention and increases personal choices, according to the Associated Press. The analysis will likely cause further criticism of the bill by moderate and conservative Republicans.

On Sunday, Conservative leaders cautioned that they may not back the AHCA, and let the bill fail if they do not get concessions, according to Politico. Some conservatives believe that the replacement plan is too similar to the Affordable Care Act, and seek to make changes to the bill in exchange for their votes. However, some GOP leaders believe that not enough conservatives oppose the bill for it not to pass.

A new law requires hospitals to inform Medicare patients if they are receiving observational care and why they have not been admitted. Previously, elderly adults only knew they were under observation when they received surprise bills for services, which can include prescription drugs and nursing home care, according to Kaiser Health News. Due to another law, patients who need to recover in a nursing home, but who were only under observation, are responsible for the bill. While the new rule will likely reduce surprise bills, it does not fix nursing home reimbursement for those under observation.

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