What should real estate agents know about the Better Care Reconciliation Act?

  • If you buy your insurance on the state or federal exchanges or are covered by Medicaid, you might be losing a tax credit or Medicaid coverage under the BCRA.
  • If you were enrolling in a health care plan only when you needed it, you'll have to start waiting six months before your coverage kicks in.
  • States would be allowed to decide what "essential benefits" are; this could lead to more choices, but it could also mean that in states where certain benefits are considered "nonessential," patients who need those benefits would once again be subject to annual or lifetime limits.

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This week, the U.S. Senate plans to vote on the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), the latest legislative attempt to fix some of the problems with health care that drive up costs for both citizens and employers. The bill has implications for everyone, including real estate agents. Here’s what you should know.