The American Hospital Association (AHA) is speaking out against the recent executive order regarding health care signed by President Donald Trump, warning of the repercussions the order would have on the millions of Americans who are managing chronic and other pre-existing conditions.
“Today’s (Oct. 12) Executive Order will allow health insurance plans that cover fewer benefits and offer fewer consumer protections,” AHA Executive Vice President Tom Nickels said in a release. “No one can predict future health care needs with complete certainty and such plans could put patients at risk when care is needed most.”
Nickels went on to say that the executive order will also destabilize the health care market.
“In addition, these provisions could destabilize the individual and small group markets, leaving millions of Americans who need comprehensive coverage to manage chronic and other pre-existing conditions, as well as protection against unforeseen illness and injury, without affordable options,” Nickels said in the statement. “And, regarding consolidation, respected economic studies demonstrate that the hospital field's trajectory has resulted in both cost savings and quality improvements for the patients we serve.”