Health industry experts fear ‘chaos’ if Texas judge suspends Affordable Care Act

Guy Boulton, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

A preliminary injunction or final ruling declaring the health care act unconstitutional would affect more than the roughly 17 million people who have gained health insurance through the law, and the people with health conditions.

It would affect the following: children under the age of 26 who are covered by a parent’s health plan; the pricing for health insurance sold to small employers; and out-of-pocket costs of prescription drugs for some people covered by Medicare. Health insurers could also impose annual and lifetime limits on coverage, eliminate annual caps on out-of-pocket costs and charge young women higher rates than young men.

It also would affect an array of taxes and other provisions in the sweeping law.

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