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PolitiFact: Pre-existing conditions under the AHCA

Posted: 6:57 PM, May 10, 2017
Updated: 2017-05-10 19:57:06-04

Some are questioning if domestic violence or sexual assaults be considered a pre-existing condition under the new Republican health care plan.

PolitiFact Wisconsin checks out a claim made by U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore, who says that "under Trumpcare "...domestic violence and sexual assault could be considered  a pre existing condition for health insurance," said Tom Kertscher with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

A big concern for some under the GOP backed health care plan in the House is that people with pre existing conditions would have to pay more for coverage or worse be denied converge.

The Affordable Care Act prohibited insurance companies from denying coverage or charging more for pre-existing conditions.

The Republican plan also prohibits denying coverage.

But it gives states the option to allow insurers to charge more for pre-existing conditions and setup high risk pools to cover people in that situation.

As to Moore's claim.

"In this case the Republican bill does not identify sexual assault or domestic violence as a pre-existing condition," Kertscher said.

However, there is an element of truth.

"Certain conditions arising from an assault, such as post traumatic stress syndrome, could be considered a pre-existing condition for health insurance,” he said.

PolitiFact Wisconsin rated Moore's claim Mostly False.