People with preexisting conditions fret over health overhaul

House members walk down the steps of the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, May 4, 2017, following a health care overhaul vote. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

MURRAY, Utah (AP) — Utah’s all-Republican House delegation voted Thursday in favor of a health care overhaul that could impact people with preexisting conditions, triggering serious worries from people who fit that category.

Salt Lake City resident Emilee Sharp says she’s considering rushing a major spinal surgery in case she loses her insurance even though her doctor warned it’s risky. Sharp suffered spinal damage as a result of a fall down a cliff in 2010.

Murray resident Jake Martinez says he’s worried about getting health insurance in the future since he has epilepsy. He and his wife have been using insurance from the Affordable Care Act for several years.

Lawmakers added some money to the bill to help people with preexisting conditions afford coverage, but experts say they may still find it difficult to get affordable coverage.

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