EDPMA Urges Congress to Protect Coverage of Emergency Care as Congress Continues Its Consideration of Legislation Repealing and Replacing the Affordable Care Act

As members of the U.S. House of Representatives return to the negotiating table to discuss repealing and replacing Obamacare, EDPMA weighed in on some of the more problematic proposals. EDPMA weighed in with both the Republican and Democratic leadership of the four key committees with jurisdiction over healthcare overhaul. The EDPMA letter is available here.

Among other things, EDPMA stated “As you consider legislation repealing the ACA and modifying the Medicaid program, we urge you to make sure that patients currently covered by Medicaid will be adequately insured for emergency care in the future. We also ask that you retain provisions designating emergency care as an essential health benefit in ACA and Medicaid plans – and extend that designation to all insurance plans regulated by federal law. Moreover, we ask that you shrink the surprise gap in insurance for emergency care. If insurers are not required to contribute to the cost of emergency care, “coverage” of this essential health benefit will continue to be a misnomer.

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