UPDATE 12:53 p.m. EST:
The House Freedom Caucus said it will support the Republican Party's recently amended plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, CNBC reported.
The caucus' refusal to support the last GOP health care bill ultimately led to its failure in Congress.
Here's the caucus' statement on the bill.
ORIGINAL STORY: House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) said Wednesday that the Republican Party's plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act will include coverage for pre-existing conditions.
Many moderates had been concerned that the GOP plan would strand people with pre-existing conditions, Politico reports.
Paul Ryan says MacArthur amendment:— MJ Lee (@mj_lee) April 26, 2017
- Lowers premiums
- Gives states more flexibility
- Protects people with pre-existing conditions
Politico reported Tuesday the bill contains language that will allow states to opt out of preventing insurers from charging people with existing conditions more money, even though the text of the bill prohibits insurers from limiting coverage to those with pre-existing conditions.
The recent revisions require states that choose to get waivers to charge more for people with pre-existing conditions to institute high-risk pools or use government subsidies to help consumers cover costs.
Republicans have also been criticized by liberals for verbiage in the bill that would allow members of Congress and their employees to exempt themselves from the bill. The ACA requires members of Congress and their staff to purchase insurance through the marketplace, Vox reports.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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