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Ohioans are reacting to the long-awaited Republican Affordable Care Act repeal bill released Thursday. Many Miami Valley lawmakers and health advocates have expressed concern over the proposal’s potential impact on addiction, mental health and disability services.

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield has announced plans to exit the state health insurance exchange by the end of this year. The decision could leave some people in 18 counties with private individual Affordable Care Act plans with limited private, non-employer health insurance options in the future.

Anthem’s departure is not expected to affect Ohioans with coverage through employer-sponsored health plans, Medicare or Medicaid -- that’s most Ohioans.

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Republican legislation to dismantle the Affordable Care Act is on its way to the Senate.

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Crowds are expected in downtown Dayton Friday evening for a rally against repeal of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Organizers say the protest is needed as the United States Senate prepares to take up legislation that would roll back key provisions of the federal health law.

The GOP-backed American Health Care Act, recently passed by the House, calls for cutting Medicaid funding and allowing states to seek waivers opting them out of some patient protections. 

Thousands of Ohio residents using subsidies to pay for federally-mandated health insurance could lose that funding.
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The United States Senate will soon take up for consideration the GOP House bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

Under the American Health Care Act, states could seek waivers opting them out of some patient protections. The waivers would allow insurance companies to consider health status when deciding the cost of premiums -- and some patients could see premiums rise.