Patient Groups Issue Statement Condemning Senate's BCRA Bill

James Radke
Published Online: Friday, Jul 14, 2017
Soon after Senate Republicans leaders unveiled a revised version of the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), a bill to to repeal and replace ObamaCare, 10 patient advocacy groups issued a statement strongly criticizing the bill.

The 10 groups, including the National Organization of Rare Disorders (NORD), state that the latest version of the BCRA is not in compliance with critical patient protections currently applicable under the law. The other 9 advocacy groups are:
  • American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network
  • American Diabetes Association
  • American Heart Association
  • American Lung Association
  • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
  • March of Dimes
  • Muscular Dystrophy Association
  • National Health Council
  • WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease
According to the groups, the BRCA (currently under review by the Senate) will negatively impact millions of people who battle chronic diseases or disabilities. Their statement read:
Under the amendment, insurance companies would be allowed to charge higher premiums to people based on their health status—in addition to opting out of other patient protections in current law, such as the guarantee of essential health benefits and the prohibition on annual and lifetime coverage caps. Separating healthy enrollees from those with pre-existing conditions will also lead to severe instability of the insurance market. This is unacceptable for our patients.
The revised bill currently before the Senate is shown below:

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