"To begin with, the draft ... makes no change in the law protecting people with pre-existing conditions, no change in Medicare benefits, and increases Medicaid funding-- that's TennCare--at the rate of inflation," Alexander said in a video-taped statement.
But after listing numerous aspects of the draft that he likes, the chairman of the
"Then, I'm going to stay focused on it next week as the bill goes to the
Corker, meanwhile, said that under the federal Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as Obamacare, "families in
But critics are already denouncing the 142-page draft legislation, developed behind closed doors in which Alexander along with a dozen other
Starting in 2020, the
As a result, Greenstein said, "the
An estimated 234,000 Tennesseans with no employer health insurance have signed up this year for federally subsized insurance on the Obamacare exchange. The
As a result, fewer middle class folks would get assistance, but it incorporates age, income and geographical area. Alexander noted that it will offer health care coverage to an estimated 162,000 Tennesseans earning less than
"The bill will allow insurers to offer watered down plans by allowing states to opt out of providing essential health benefits, which cover services like maternity care, substance abuse treatment and mental health care, as well as other protections that guarantee quality, affordable coverage," the
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