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Senators introduce bill to protect Americans with pre-existing conditions

U.S. Senators introduced a bill to protect Americans with pre-existing conditions, and help keep health care costs down.
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WASHINGTON — U.S. Senators introduced legislation Wednesday that would prevent and protect Americans with pre-existing health conditions from possible health care plans that lack protections.

U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) introduced the Protecting Americans with Pre-existing Conditions Act.

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Under new proposed rules, states would be allowed to use federal subsidies to pay for subpar health plans utilizing a section of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) intended to give states additional flexibility to implement targeted improvements that expand coverage, reduce costs and provide more comprehensive benefits. States will also be able to increase out-of-pocket maximums and reduce the value of coverage.

As a result, some Americans will have health coverage that doesn’t meet the ACA’s minimum standards, and millions of other Americans with pre-existing conditions could see their health care costs rise.

“Junk plans will increase health care costs for millions of consumers while weakening protections for individuals with pre-existing conditions,” said Sen. Warner. “The Trump Administration should stop trying to undermine the success of the Affordable Care Act, and instead work with Congress on targeted, bipartisan fixes that will lower health care costs and expand access to comprehensive, affordable health care coverage.”

In October, Senators forced a vote in the Senate on a discharge petition that would have blocked the Trump Administration’s rule to expand “junk insurance” plans.

View the full Protecting Americans with Pre-existing Conditions Act below: