Michiganders Incidental Health Care Costs Ruining Family Budgets/Public News Service

Congress is studying Major legislative package That could affect not only investments in climate change, but health care affordability.

Healthcare advocates stressed that it’s not coming too soon. One study found that from 1970 to 2020, average American health care costs rose from $1,875 per year to more than $12,500.

Jim Manley, a board member for Consumers for Quality, said the main concern is that out-of-pocket costs are too high, according to the group. new poll. Michiganders agree that they are under pressure because of health care costs.

“As in other states, higher deductibles, increased out-of-pocket costs and unpaid medical bills are affecting American healthcare consumers,” Manley noted. “In our Michigan survey, 67% of Michiganders agreed that the cost of health care was going up more than other things they needed.”

The survey, conducted by Impact Research and Michigan Research Associates, found that 84% of Michigan voters say the amount they pay out of their pockets for health care appears to be rising each year. The Senate can vote on the package, known as the Inflation Reduction Act, by the end of the week.

Last week, West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer approved a bill that would allow Medicare to negotiate some drug prices and reduce out-of-pocket drug costs.

Monique Stanton, chief executive of the Michigan Public Policy Association, said the health care portion of the Inflation Reduction Act will often exempt Michigan families. crush medical bills Forcing them to drastically cut back on food and other necessities.

“Congress caps insurance deductions, prescription drug sharing, and these other caps that are at reasonable levels for a family to bear, really help prevent people from getting into medical debt,” Stanton noted. As well as making sure that they have access to health care.

Since there are no Republican plans to vote on the bill, Senate Democrats say they will pass it under the budget compromise process, but all 50 members must be in their caucus and the vice president vote yes to do so. Traffic could stop Arizona Democrat Kirsten Sinema, who has not yet decided how she will vote.

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