"Today's bill will help provide affordable health care for over 17 million Americans just as
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Lower Health Care Costs.
* Coverage for less than 8.5 percent of your income. Under the Underwood bill, nearly all Americans would be guaranteed an option to purchase health care for less than 8.5 percent of their income. A family of four earning
* Financial assistance for more people. Premium tax credits would be made available to more middle class Americans, including those with incomes above 400 percent of the federal poverty line (roughly
* Lower premiums.
* Negotiating prescription drug costs.
Better Care For More People.
* Expanding Medicaid.
* Reducing racial disparities in health care. The bill works to reduce racial disparities by addressing the maternal mortality crisis, expanding Medicaid to new mothers 12 months postpartum. It also ensures that children and families that enroll in Medicaid/CHIP receive 12 months of coverage to prevent coverage interruptions.
End Sabotage. Since taking office, the Trump administration has worked relentlessly to sabotage Americans' health care, expanding access to junk plans that allow insurance companies to deny coverage to patients with pre-existing conditions and slashing funding to help people sign up for comprehensive, affordable care.
* Protecting people with pre-existing conditions. The legislation would stop the Trump administration's plans to allow insurance companies to sell junk plans that deny people with pre-existing conditions coverage or charge them more. It also reverses the Trump administration's efforts to allow states waive pre-existing condition protections.
* Guaranteeing that insurance companies cover basic health services. The bill would also prevent the Trump administration from weakening requirements that all insurance cover essential health benefits, such as prescription drug coverage, hospital care, and maternity coverage.
* Restoring funding for education.
* Restoring funding for groups that help people sign up for coverage. Funding for health navigator groups that help people sign up for comprehensive care, which has been cut by 77 percent since