SAHU Statement on the American Health Care Act
Sacramento, CA — The Sacramento Association of Health Underwriters (SAHU) issued the following statement today on the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which was released Monday night by the House Republican Leadership: “SAHU is delighted the proposed AHCA does not include a plan to tax employer-sponsored health insurance,” states SAHU president Ned Schaut. “With the exclusion of the employer sponsored tax, this will allow employees to continue to receive excellent coverage at an affordable cost.”
“The AHCA does maintain important provisions of the current ACA plan, such as: guaranteed issue coverage, allowing children to stay on their parent’s policies to age 26 and coverage of pre-existing conditions.”
“The proposed plan also strengthens individual’s options with regards to Health Savings Accounts and includes key provisions such as the initiation of the Patient and State Stability Fund, which encourages continuous coverage, allowing tax credits to be used for catastrophic coverage, expanding age rating bands and terminating the Health Insurance Tax.”
“SAHU would prefer that the AHCA repealed the ACA’s ‘Cadillac Tax’ on high-cost health plans, however we are satisfied the tax was delayed until 2025. We are encouraged that by working with our local legislature we can address cost issues and suitable ways to fund important provisions of the new law.”
The Sacramento Association of Health Underwriters represents over 100 professional health insurance agents and brokers who provide insurance for thousands of Northern California residents. SAHU is headquartered in Sacramento, CA.