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Rep. Chu Votes to Protect Americans with Preexisting Conditions

May 9, 2019
Press Release

Washington, DC — The House of Representatives today voted to pass H.R. 986, the Protecting Americans with Pre-Existing Conditions Act. This bill would rescind the Trump Administration’s October 2018 Section 1332 waiver guidance, which allows states to waive the requirement in the Affordable Care Act that healthcare plans cover preexisting conditions. The result would be the increased availability of what are known as “junk plans” that do not cover essential needs and leave patients at risk of financial ruin should they need medical care. Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) voted for H.R. 986 and issued the following statement:

“Thanks to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), millions of Americans who never had healthcare are now able to see a doctor without fear of bankruptcy. And many others who had a preexisting condition can access insurance without being denied or charged exorbitant rates. Protection against discrimination based on preexisting conditions has helped American families stay healthier and feel more secure.

“However, after numerous failed attempts to dismantle the ACA in Congress, the Trump Administration is trying to unravel the law piece by piece. Trump’s waivers would allow junk plans that do not cover preexisting conditions to destabilize our healthcare markets. This is a step back from the promise of comprehensive coverage in the ACA. The American people have been clear: they support the ACA and the protection it provides to those with preexisting conditions, like pregnancy, asthma, arthritis, cancer, or heart disease. Passage of H.R. 986 today signals that we will not stand for any attempts to weaken it or take us back to the days of gross inequality in our healthcare system.”