Health care bill's possible impact on Nebraskans in poverty

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Lincoln, Neb. (KOLN) - The newly proposed American Health Care Act would no doubt bring big changes around the country, it's got supporters and detractors, but leaving partisan politics aside, 10/11 just wanted to find out how it might impact those living in poverty here in our state.

Community Action of Nebraska, an organization whose mission it is to help Nebraskans find economic stability and navigate the healthcare system tells 10/11 the proposed American Health Care Act could mean big changes for their clients.

The biggest change would be the tax credit program, it would go from income-based to age-based.

In the current healthcare system, if you you make less than 250% of the poverty level, you get helped out, but Community Action of Nebraska is worried those people are going to have more out-of-pocket costs.

"We are most concerned about the assistance that helps people pay for the insurance because that's where a lot of people cant afford the premium, or can't afford the deductible, I think that is where the change could impact the clients we serve in the greatest way," said the executive director of Community Action of Nebraska, Amber Hansen.

But the proposal could help others in higher tax brackets.

"Now of course, the people over 400% poverty level, those are the people left out of the Affordable Care Act, the new proposal may assist a few more of those people than the current law," said Serena Reeves of Community Action Partnership of Lancaster and Saunders Counties.

Community Action of Nebraska is not partisan, they said they are here to help out, regardless if the American Health Care Act passes. They are willing to answer questions and help guide you through the process.