The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is warning that the House GOP’s health care bill, which will become law on Friday, is a “lack of clarity” and “a monumental risk” for women and the unborn, according to a statement published Thursday.
House Republicans unveiled the measure on Thursday and have vowed to pass it in its final form by the end of the year.
But the American College of Obstetrics and Gynesciensics, a medical society with nearly 4,000 members, says the legislation is “unprecedented” in scope and could leave women “unable to receive accurate, accurate information about their health status” due to a lack of clarity.
“The bill is a massive risk to women, because it will require the vast majority of Americans to get their health insurance through an individual market,” Dr. Nancy Bier, the group’s president, said in the statement.
“That’s not a guarantee, and it won’t be.”
The AHCA, which would overhaul Obamacare by repealing key parts of the ACA, would require women to obtain coverage through the individual market, which many have said they will not have access to.
The legislation is also projected to increase the number of uninsured Americans by up to 32 million over the next decade, according the group.
While the American Medical Association, the American Heart Association, and the American Diabetes Association have called the AHCA’s coverage requirements a “burden” and a “death sentence,” the American Congress for Obstetrician and Gynecology says the bill’s proposal to remove coverage requirements “will cause substantial and unnecessary adverse effects” on women and their health.
It also notes that the AHC bill will impose the new requirement on women with pre-existing conditions.
“This legislation will create a regulatory environment that forces insurers to create coverage that cannot be maintained, with significant financial penalties and restrictions, or that will cause significant disruption to the insurance marketplaces,” the group said.
“This would be a massive burden for women in many states.”
The group said women would be more likely to seek out expensive specialty care and procedures, which it says will put them at a greater risk for complications such as pelvic inflammatory disease, infertility, and uterine cancer.
It is also warning that, while the bill will not provide additional funding to Planned Parenthood for women’s health services, it will defund the organization by 2020, forcing it to turn away women with no insurance or with pre or post-existing health conditions.