President Donald Trump’s administration is considering revising a key provision of the nation’s health insurance law that allows businesses to deny coverage for people with pre-existing conditions.
The change would allow companies to charge older people more for coverage, potentially impacting millions of Americans.
The changes would also make it more difficult for health insurance companies to deny customers coverage for conditions like cancer, diabetes, or heart disease.
The White House says the change is necessary to provide better coverage to Americans with pre.
A.C.T.D., or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, which is linked to more than 2 million deaths each year.
The Trump administration has been working on the proposal since April, but a draft of the legislation that is due to be released on Tuesday says the revised version will be released in July.
Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price told reporters Tuesday that the new version will address a “fundamental problem” with the existing law, according to the Washington Examiner.
“This will be a more streamlined process, and I think it will be more fair to older Americans,” he said.
Trump has promised to scrap the current law if elected president.
But the Republican-controlled House and Senate have struggled to pass health care legislation, so a repeal could be difficult for the Trump presidency to accomplish.
Health and Human Service Secretary Tom Perez says the Trump Administration will be working on revisions to the ACA, in a letter to senators on Tuesday.
The Trump Administration is considering revisions to a key section of the Affordable Care Act that allows insurance companies, including health insurers, to deny people with a pre-condition, The Hill reported.
The proposed changes will allow insurance companies with 50 or more employees to charge people older than 65 more for health coverage.
The plan would also eliminate an annual $95 per month co-payment for people older, and would let insurance companies charge older Americans more for medical care.
The White House did not respond to a request for comment.
The draft of health care reform legislation has been widely criticized for not including much of the Republican agenda that Trump promised in his campaign.
Trump has said he wants to repeal Obamacare, but he hasn’t made any promises on health care and has criticized Democrats for failing to pass a repeal of the law.
“We will repeal and replace Obamacare with a better system,” he told supporters in Iowa in February.
“And we’ll have more Republican leadership in the House and the Senate than ever before.”