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Who's covering those with pre-existing conditions?

May 10, 2017
Pine Island Eagle

To the editor:

I read an article on the costs of pre-existing medical conditions.

The article summarizes the costs of pre-existing conditions in the new health bill and shows the amounts of money in the bill and points out the lack of required funding for this condition.

The article does a good job of pointing out the fact that there was a study done by Avalere and that study showed that the $23 billion included in the American Health Care Act for people with pre-existing conditions would cover only 5 percent of the estimated 2.2 million of those who have pre-existing conditions and who can't afford coverage.

And while several Democratic senators have voted against the bill and condemned the bill as going backwards, just what would it cost to take care of the approximately 2.2 million folks.

Taking 5 percent of 2.2 million yields 110,000 folks that the $23 billion would cover. So how much is that a person? That seems easy enough, just divide up the 23 billion by 110,000 and you get roughly $200,000 per person. And since we have 2.2 million of these folks, let's multiply that times the $200,000 that it will cost to fully fund the Health Bill for those with pre-existing conditions that can't afford to buy coverage and it comes out to $440 billion.

I guess our political leaders are going to have to come up with some really great ideas on how much we can or can't afford to pay for those that have pre-existing conditions.

Leo Amos




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