How the American Health Care Act Could Impact the Lives of Retired Athletes

The passage of the American Health Care Act in the U.S. House of Representatives last Thursday is poised to impact the lives of thousands of retired professional athletes, particularly those who are likely to develop serious health problems as they age. If the AHCA—or more plausibly, a moderated version of the AHCA—becomes law, health care for persons with so-called “pre-existing conditions” could become more expensive. In some states, a law that resembles the AHCA would allow health care companies to charge higher prices for persons whose health records reveal certain types of pre-existing conditions. Under the AHCA, those conditions include serious neurological diseases that have been linked to playing football and other contact sports as well as prior knee surgeries and other ailments that sometimes arise after orthopedic procedures.

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