A bill introduced today by Congressman Don Beyer (D-Va.) and two others would protect Americans with pre-existing conditions by preventing the promotion of junk health plans, which often lack protections for such conditions.
“This legislation would fight back against the Trump Administration’s ongoing attempts to sabotage the country’s health care system,” said Congressman Beyer. “Our bill would undo some of the worst Republican attacks on protections for Americans with pre-existing conditions, which have already contributed to higher healthcare costs for millions of families. House Democrats have made a commitment to fight for more affordable health care and that is exactly what we are seeking to do.”
Other authors of the bill are Congresswoman Annie Kuster (D-N.H.), a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and Congressman Joe Courtney (D-Conn.), a member of the House Education and Labor Committee.
The Protecting Americans with Pre-existing Conditions Act (HR 986) would revoke Section 1332 guidance released by the Trump Administration’s U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on October 22, 2018, which the three said weakened protections for individuals with pre-existing conditions.
“The Trump Administration has done its very best to undermine the Affordable Care Act and access to quality healthcare for millions of Americans,” said Congresswoman Kuster. “The ACA was a watershed piece of legislation that ensured protections for those who had been denied access to health insurance in the past because of pre-existing conditions. Our legislation would help to ensure that those protections do not fall victim to partisan attacks. I’m committed to working with my colleagues to strengthen and improve access to quality, affordable health insurance for all Americans.”
The legislation has been endorsed by:
- Families USA
- American Lung Association
- American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network
- Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
- Epilepsy Foundation
- American Heart Association
The text of H.R. 986 The Protecting Americans with Pre-existing Conditions Act is available HERE.