US Chamber of Commerce's Stance on the Repeal of Healthcare Reform
Feb 14, 2011
Would you please explain the stance of the US Chamber of Commerce's stand supporting repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act? As a member of the Board of Directors of this body, Ms. Franzoi's words could shed some light on how this helps people affected by HIV and AIDS.
Response from Ms. Franzoi
I don't think repeal of PPACA will happen. However, it is likely that there will be changes to the Act. It is a work in progress and no one can say at this point what impact the Act as it stands or could be changed will affect people with HIV or other chronic illnesses. The hope is that people will be able to get coverage even with a pre-existing condition. However, at what cost is not clear. Currently, under HIPAA, an individual who loses healthcare coverage and exhausts his COBRA (or isn't eligible for COBRA) and doesn't have a break in coverage of 63 days or more would be eligible for a HIPAA policy, even if he has a pre-existing condition.
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