About the bill
Would a House-passed bill lower costs and allow flexibility, or potentially exclude Americans with preexisting conditions?
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
Sponsor. Representative for New Hampshire's 2nd congressional district. Democrat.
Last Updated: May 15, 2019
Length: 6 pages
116th Congress (2019–2021)
This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the House on May 9, 2019 but was never passed by the Senate.
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).
19 Cosponsors (18 Democrats, 1 Republican)
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
What stakeholders are saying
H.R. 986 (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. 986. 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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