1 Minute Video On GOP Scrapping Essential Health Benefits
March 23, 2017
Katy Tur: Republicans in the house may eliminate the so-called ten essential health benefits that form the core of the affordable care act. That could have dramatic implications for millions of Americans and their health plans. MSNBC’s Ali Velshi is in Washington for us today, Ali, talk to me about the benefits and why they are such a political hot potato.
Ali Velshi: This is a huge deal. And given the fact this might be the sticking point it's important that everybody understands this because if they get past this and take these things away and vote on this thing today there are a lot of people who are going to lose a lot of benefits potentially. The idea is to take away the requirement under Obamacare that insurance companies offer these ten essential health benefits. Here's how they are grouped: Pregnancy, maternity, newborn care, mental health, substance abuse treatment, prescription drugs, emergency services, hospitalization, outpatient care, rehabilitations, laboratory and diagnostic tests, preventive and wellness services, and pediatric care. To some people, this would sound like all of healthcare.