This is an AARP Nebraska alert. A severe American Health Care Act watch has been issued for 70 counties in Nebraska. Actions taken by two committees of the U.S. House of Representatives have created conditions that could lead to catastrophic cost increases in an area of Nebraska west of a line from South Sioux City to Superior.
All residents ages 40-64 who have individual health insurance in the affected area will receive damaging premium increases.
According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, the AHCA is expected to produce out-of-pocket cost increases of more than $13,000 for residents of the area who are 60 years old, have an income of $20,000 and do not have health insurance though an employer.
The most severe American Health Care Act impact will be felt in 28 counties west of a line from Ainsworth to McCook.
In Lincoln County, a 60-year-old earning $20,000 would see their tax credit to buy insurance shrink from $18,470 to $4,000, a 78-percent decrease. The remaining counties in Nebraska are expected to experience damaging but less severe AHCA out-of-pocket cost increases.
Residents of all counties in Nebraska are encouraged to contact their members of Congress and tell them to oppose the damaging American Health Care Act.
By Mark Intermill, Advocacy Director, AARP Nebraska