Health care is about to get a whole lot more expensive.
New York City has passed a new law that will require health care providers to charge more for patients with pre-existing conditions.
The law, which passed unanimously on Thursday, will also force hospitals to charge patients with conditions like COPD and diabetes more for the same care.
It also includes a provision that will make it harder for insurers to deny coverage for people with pre.existing conditions because they’ve already incurred a deductible or copay.
Health care providers and insurance companies are fighting the law, arguing that it is an unnecessary tax on their revenue.
The companies also say the law will hurt competition by making it harder to sell insurance.
We’ll let you know how it works out in your state.
But the debate has been going on for years.
In 2014, President Obama signed a law to make pre-pandemic care more affordable for Americans with pre or mild forms of heart disease and diabetes.
The law made a $1,000 deductible for most pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), which includes PrEP for women and men.
But that $1 $1 increase was temporary and only lasts for six months, so it was seen as a temporary increase to cover people who were still at risk.
And the law also made the Affordable Care Act more generous to people with conditions.
That’s the argument health care groups and some politicians have made.
But now, it’s not just the insurers and doctors who are taking aim at the law.
The Department of Health and Human Services says the law is a tax on health care.
The American Medical Association says the bill is a “major intrusion” into people’s right to health care, and that it’s a “tax on choice.”
And there are already plans to fight back.
In the meantime, the new law will likely hurt people with preexisting conditions more than they help.
If you have one, you’re already paying a higher premium for the health care plan you’re paying for, says David Zaremba, a health policy professor at the University of California at Berkeley.
The American Medical Society says it will argue the new rule is not an undue burden on patients.
“The proposed rule does not change the underlying objective of the law: to make health care less expensive for patients,” the AMA wrote in a statement.
But the AMA adds that the law does “not address the significant and growing number of Americans with preexcited conditions.”
The new law goes into effect next week.
We’re going to update you with what happens.