MAG carefully watching health care legislation

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Yesterday, the U.S. Senate voted to take up the debate of the American Health Care Act, which was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives in May, to replace the Affordable Care Act. 

Georgia Senators Johnny Isakson and David Perdue voted with the majority.

The Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) is watching to ensure that any legislation does not harm access to affordable, meaningful health care for the citizens of Georgia.

MAG has not assumed a position on the Senate health care reform bill. In a survey that MAG conducted in June, a slight majority (53 percent) of MAG members said that MAG should oppose the Senate bill as it was originally introduced – though there was no strong consensus. 

MAG has discussed its concerns related to this legislation with Sens. Isakson and Perdue, including the uncertainty of the Medicaid program, impact that the “Cruz” amendment would have on physicians and providers already assuming more costs due to the current and potential structure of health insurance plans, and the potential waiver of the medical loss ratio and other insurance rules that could limit or undermine the health insurance marketplace in the state.