Senate Republicans Exempt Own Health Coverage, Ensuring Wider Range of Benefits vs. Americans Who Purchase Own Coverage in Latest Proposal

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Politics by Monique Turcot on July 14, 2017

On Thursday, Senate republicans released a revised Senate health bill draft and it included a provision that exempts members of Congress and their staff from part of their latest health care plan, Vox reports. The exemption could ensure that members of Congress have access to a wider range of benefits versus Americans who purchase own coverage.

While a Senate Republican aide confirmed that the exemption existed, there wasn’t a follow-up comment on the “specific effect” it would have. So, in other words, if you’re not a member of Congress, then you might not be entitled to the “extra perks” or “luxuries” of what should be basic health care services, such as maternity care and or mental health services.

The revised Senate health bill draft reportedly allows health insurers to offer plans that don’t cover the Affordable Care Act’s essential health benefits, including those mentioned above. Insurers can sell this limited coverage to ordinary people, but not if they’re selling coverage to members of Congress and their staff, who are required to buy coverage on the health law marketplaces.

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