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H.R. 986: Protecting Americans with Preexisting Conditions Act of 2019

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Would a House-passed bill lower costs and allow flexibility, or potentially exclude Americans with preexisting conditions?

Context

Since 2010’s Affordable Care Act, popularly called Obamacare, health insurance companies can no longer refuse a customer healthcare because of a preexisting condition. Pew Research Center found that even 63% of Republicans support that provision.

A portion of the law known as Section 1332 allowed states to experiment with health care requirements and programs within their borders. But these state variations needed to receive approval through waivers from the federal government.

The Obama Administration released guidance in 2015, through the Department of Health and Human Services, about which types of state variations were likely (and not likely) to gain federal approval. However, many criticized the guidance for being too rigid.

Under the ...

Sponsor and status

Ann Kuster

Sponsor. Representative for New Hampshire's 2nd congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: May 15, 2019
Length: 6 pages
Introduced
Feb 6, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Status

Passed House (Senate next) on May 9, 2019

This bill passed in the House on May 9, 2019 and goes to the Senate next for consideration.

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

Position statements

What legislators are saying

Kuster Condemns Trump Administrations Effort to Strike Down Affordable Care Act During Pandemic
    — Rep. Ann Kuster [D-NH2] (Sponsor) on Jun 25, 2020

Year in Review: 2019 Legislative Accomplishments
    — Rep. John Sarbanes [D-MD3] on Dec 30, 2019

Rep. Wild Leads Letter Calling for Pandemic Price Caps on Life-Saving Prescription Drugs
    — Rep. Susan Wild [D-PA7] on Apr 27, 2020

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What stakeholders are saying

R Street Institute SpendingTracker.org estimates new spending due to H.R. 986 will be negligible.

History

Feb 6, 2019
 
Introduced

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

Mar 27, 2019
 
Considered by Health

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

Apr 3, 2019
 
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.

Apr 30, 2019
 
Reported by House Committee on Energy and Commerce

A committee issued a report on the bill, which often provides helpful explanatory background on the issue addressed by the bill and the bill's intentions.

May 9, 2019
 
Passed House (Senate next)

The bill was passed in a vote in the House. It goes to the Senate next.

If this bill has further action, the following steps may occur next:
 
Passed Senate

 
Signed by the President

H.R. 986 is 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. 986. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

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