27 Feb STUDY: Nevada Health Insurance Premiums Set to Skyrocket Due to Trump and the GOP’s Health Care Sabotage
The Urban Institute analyzes impact of repealing individual mandate, other policies enacted by President Trump and supported by Senator Dean Heller and Congressman Mark Amodei
LAS VEGAS — A study released this week by the Urban Institute found that President Trump’s actions to loosen health insurance rules will have negative consequences for middle-class families across the country and here in Nevada. According to the study, Trump’s health care sabotage, supported by Nevada’s Senator Dean Heller and Congressman Mark Amodei, will cause huge spikes in health care premiums in nearly every state by 2019. In Nevada, premiums will increase by an average of 15.2 percent.
In addition, 57,000 more Nevadans will be without comprehensive health coverage in 2019 due to being uninsured or will be stuck with junk insurance plans that don’t provide key health benefits. All of this because of President Trump and Congressional Republicans’ irresponsible policies, which includes allowing the sale of junk plans that can discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions and the Trump Tax repeal of the individual mandate.
“This report confirms that Nevada families are going to foot the bill for the GOP’s sabotage of health care,” said Annette Magnus, Executive Director of Battle Born Progress. “Thousands of Nevadans will be without health coverage in 2019 and they can thank three people for that; Trump, Heller, and Amodei. Nevadans called on Heller and Amodei to stand up to Trump and the GOP’s harmful policies, and they ignored us. Hopefully, these numbers compel them to stand up to Trump and starting working to protect the care of their constituents.”
By 2019, an additional 6.4 million people uninsured in 2019 compared with prior law (12.5 percent of the nonelderly population uninsured compared with 10.2 percent).
By 2019, the number of people without minimum essential coverage would increase by 2.5 million. Of the 36.9 million people without minimum essential coverage, 32.6 million would have no coverage at all (completely uninsured), and 4.2 million would enroll in expanded short-term limited-duration plans.
Premium costs would increase an average of 18 percent in the next year.
Federal government spending in 2019 will be an estimated 9.3 percent higher than under prior law.
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