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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?


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.

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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
Feb 6, 2019

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.

23% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)

Position statements

What legislators are saying

Kuster Leads House Democrats in Effort to Save Pre-Existing Condition Protections from Harmful Trump Administration Rule Pushing Junk Plans
    — Rep. Ann Kuster [D-NH2] (Sponsor) on Aug 2, 2019

Rep. Roybal-Allard Celebrates House Democrats Passage of 10 Bills Lowering Rx Drug Prices, Reversing GOP Sabotage, and Protecting Coverage of Pre-Existing Conditions
    — Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard [D-CA40] on Jun 14, 2019

senate republicans again block vote on legislation to protect people with pre-existing conditions
    — Sen. Christopher Murphy [D-CT] on May 22, 2019

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What stakeholders are saying

Institute for Spending Reform estimates new spending due to H.R. 986 will be negligible.


Feb 6, 2019

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Mar 27, 2019
Considered by Health

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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.

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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.

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