The deal was outlined in an amendment to the American Health Care Act, an Obamacare repeal deal that was pulled last month due to insufficient support. The amendment would let states opt out of requiring insurers to cover essential health benefits such as maternity care or hospitalization.
The amendment would keep the requirement that insurers have to cover people with pre-existing conditions. However, it lets states opt out of a price control called community rating, which prevents insurers from charging people with pre-existing conditions exorbitant prices
But there are some key caveats designed to entice centrists. For one, a state can't opt out of a community rating for gender, age or health status. Under Obamacare, a community rating forces an insurer to charge the same rate per age group or gender and health status.
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