GOP Health Plan Moves Forward, Moving Seniors Closer To Higher Insurance Rates, Lower Access To Healthcare, Analysts

March 20, 2017, Elizabeth Leis Newman, McKnight's Long-Term Care News - Seniors just shy of Medicare eligibility age could find their ability to pay for future long-term care services stymied due to projected rises in health insurance costs that would come under the House GOP's healthcare plan, analysts say.

The House may vote on the American Health Care Act this week. But many remained concerned that, by 2026, the premium costs for a 64-year-old making $26,500 would increase to $14,600 a year, according to a Congressional Budget Office report.  The projected rise is why Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) said she could not support the measure.

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