This proposal, the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), assures that Utahns get a fair shake. In the past, the Beehive State was known for having some of the most affordable coverage in the country, but Obamacare has reduced our quality of care and increased out-of-pocket expenses. Obamacare, from its very design to its botched implementation, did not stand a chance of bringing the quality care that Utahns deserve.
The status quo under Obamacare is simply unacceptable. Once replaced, premiums will be lower, allowing Utahns more freedom to spend hard-earned income, while quality will improve, providing Utahns the care they deserve.
I heard loud and clear from Utahns that coverage of pre-existing conditions and maintaining dependents until age 26 were top priorities for our families and loved ones, which is why I fought to include these provisions in this bill.
I've also heard Utahns' concerns for vulnerable children, which is why I made sure children with disabilities are insulated from the new Medicaid reforms. As such, their care will remain coordinated and prioritized by the doctors that treat them every day. Moreover, Utahns asked that we protect the Medicaid preventative care benefits for children; those remain unaffected.
Another policy area that Utahns urged me to prioritize is mental health. In addition to continuing my efforts to increase funding for mental health services, we achieved a feat that even Democratic presidents and Congresses could not achieve - we have lifted the exclusion of Medicaid services for adults receiving inpatient psychiatric treatment for mental health or addiction. This policy has been a part of Medicaid since the program passed in 1965, and it has been a burden for states ever since. This accomplishment is only a first step, but no previous
We were also mindful of the benefits of Medicare and left the program untouched to protect
Finally, Utahns asked me to ensure that hospitals that care for our poorest and most vulnerable neighbors and friends receive the necessary funding to continue their important work. With the help and advice of
We have now been debating health care for nearly a decade. In that time, I've had hundreds of meetings with stakeholders on every side of the issue, spoken with thousands of residents, chaired numerous hearings and negotiated endlessly with my colleagues in the
Significant legislation requires compromise. Senators represent different populations with different health needs. States deserve to be treated as partners, not enemies, in our health system. While this discussion draft will help move the effort forward, I will continue to review this proposal and work with my colleagues to provide better care for all Americans.