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H.R. 1379: Ensuring Lasting Smiles Act

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About the bill

Should children with facial anomalies such as cleft palate benefit from mandatory coverage requirements by health insurers?

Context and what the legislation does

Congenital facial anomalies such as cleft palate or hypodontia can emotionally scar their victims for life, as well as cause physical problems if left untreated. But many health insurance plans deny coverage for reconstructive surgeries or other procedures that could ameliorate or solve such problems by claiming that the procedures are purely cosmetic or qualify under separate dental insurance plans.

The Ensuring Lasting Smiles Act would mandate that all health insurance plans cover any medically necessary surgery or procedure to correct any birth defects. Purely cosmetic surgery or procedures would be exempted from the legislation’s requirement.

The House version was introduced on February 26 as bill ...

Sponsor and status

Collin Peterson

Sponsor. Representative for Minnesota's 7th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Feb 26, 2019
Length: 11 pages
Feb 26, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)

Ordered Reported on Sep 9, 2020

The committees assigned to this bill sent it to the House or Senate as a whole for consideration on September 9, 2020.

3% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


Feb 26, 2019

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Jan 8, 2020
Considered by Health

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Mar 11, 2020
Considered by Health

A committee held a hearing or business meeting about the bill.

Sep 9, 2020
Ordered Reported

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H.R. 1379 is a bill in the United States Congress.

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Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 1379. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

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