The NC House Rules Committee may soon vote on a bill that would weaken health care protections for North Carolinians with pre-existing conditions, older adults, and women.
The Small Business Health Care Act (S.B. 86) would follow in the footsteps of the Trump administration to loosen restrictions on Association Health Plans (AHPs), a move that a federal judge recently said is “intended and designed to end-run the requirements of the Affordable Care Act.”
Not only can these plans offer bare-bones benefits, they can also charge higher premiums to businesses with workforces made up of women and older adults, as well as those in rural areas. These dangerous plans make premiums for ACA coverage more expensive for people with pre-existing conditions by cherry-picking young and healthy people into AHPs.