Capitol Correspondence - 09.24.18

Patient and Other Groups Push Back on GOP Pre-existing Conditions Bill

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As shared by Politico Pro:

“Thirty-three organizations on Wednesday wrote to Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), saying that the GOP bill intended to protect patients with pre-existing conditions would be an inadequate replacement for the ACA.

“We share your interest in continuing to make health insurance accessible to Americans with pre-existing conditions and appreciate your efforts to preserve certain protections in law,” the March of Dimes, the American Heart Association and other organizations wrote. However, the current bill “falls far short of providing coverage and security to your constituents,” they wrote. Read letter.

… Tillis and colleagues in August authored a bill, S. 3388 (115), that would force health insurers to cover all individuals regardless of health status — a move designed to blunt the fallout over states’ lawsuit that aims to kill Obamacare. But it wouldn’t actually require insurers to cover the very conditions people are seeking coverage for.”

ANCOR is sharing this item because people with I/DD can be included in the category of people with pre-existing conditions, making insurance coverage for this category significant for the disability community.