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Those are among the findings of the Colorado Health Institute, which began looking at the possible future of health care soon after Donald J. Trump's surprising presidential election victory.

"[LGBT] people often keep themselves out of the medical and mental health systems for fear of discrimination", Durso says. Republicans in Congress are arguing over broad ideas for using either tax credits or tax deductions to help Americans purchase health insurance, but the details of any health care plan are far from vetted. Did she have a special plan reserved for members of Congress or was it a plan that any person could participate in?

The Feb. 23 guidance clarifies that states are permitted to extend the transitional policy for a shorter period of time than outlined in the guidance but may not extend the relief period past December 31, 2018.

The estimated 20 million Americans who buy coverage directly from an insurer would be affected.

Part 2 of an ongoing series on the Affordable Care Act.

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In Florida, about 178,000 people with their own businesses had coverage through the ACA exchanges in 2014. Mandy Burke of San Leandro, California, who is pregnant with a girl due in May, doesn't want to go back to a time when it might be more hard or more expensive to find coverage for pregnancy care. "That's not going to happen with us".

Nobody, that is, except the lawmakers now in Congress who've had to wrestle with ACA, either as proponents or opponents, for years.

"The way to cut health care costs is to release employers from the shackles of insurance companies, force hospitals and drug companies to be transparent with their prices and remove government regulations that stifle creativity", said Johnson.

David Panush, president of the consulting firm California Health Policy Strategies, said the senate single-payer proposal would have to overcome some hefty barriers to get the needed two-thirds vote of the Legislature for approval of the needed tax increases.

While a repeal could mean the loss of health insurance for many, the specific ramifications of the president's plan on SLO residents remain unclear, according to Michelle Shoresman, division manager of the San Luis Obispo County health agency.

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The pre-existing condition ban and coverage up to age 26 for young adults on their parents' insurance. The rising costs of deductibles and premiums is evidence that it needs a fix.

That wasn't the only thing the president said about health care.

Because this isn't a game - it's life and death for people. They are in the business of increasing shareholder value. And if only sick people buy health insurance, then it's going to be very expensive for those people. States' portion of the bill has also increased as enrollment skyrocketed. The funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program, which was created with strong bipartisan support in 1997 and gives states financial support to expand publicly-funded coverage to uninsured children who are not eligible for Medicaid, was strengthened and renewed by Obama, but is set to expire at the end of September 2017.

I met with Rep. Buddy Carter to ask how repealing the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) will affect me as a sufferer of rheumatoid arthritis, which is a progressive and potentially debilitating disease. Allowing cross-state insurance sales could undermine those efforts. Instead we must forge ahead building a border wall, start a massive infrastructure rebuilding project (a more modest proposal to do the same was denied to Obama), and pump more money into a bloated Pentagon acquisition program.

American health care is at a crossroads. "Having the freedom to choose what type of insurance you are provided is a cornerstone of this plan".

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