AARP holds public forum on American Health Care Act

AARP holds public forum on American Health Care Act (WKRC)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) – It's hard to understand everything with health care coverage, the American Health Care Act and Medicare. That's why AARP held a forum on Wednesday, June 21.

The town hall event offered insight to how the proposed Health Care Act bill will affect Ohioans and afforded those interested the opportunity to get questions answered. Panelists included members of the local medical community, patients and families who will be impacted and AARP national healthcare policy expert David Certner.

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act on May 4, but several groups in the Senate are holding intense discussions on changes they think should be made to the bill before it goes to the Senate floor. AARP opposed the bill because of concerns about how it would affect older Americans and those with pre-existing conditions.

The bill removes protections for people with pre-existing health conditions, adds an age-tax provision allowing insurance companies to increase seniors’ premiums by up to five times as much as an average policyholder and weakens Medicare solvency.