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H.R. 1379 (116th): 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)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on September 9, 2020, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


313 Cosponsors (211 Democrats, 102 Republicans)



Feb 26, 2019

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Jan 8, 2020
Considered by Health

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

Mar 11, 2020
Considered by Health

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

Sep 9, 2020
Ordered Reported

A committee has voted to issue a report to the full chamber recommending that the bill be considered further. Only about 1 in 4 bills are reported out of committee.

H.R. 1379 (116th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

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.

This bill was introduced in the 116th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2019 to Jan 3, 2021. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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