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H.R. 986 (116th): Protecting Americans with Preexisting Conditions Act of 2019


The text of the bill below is as of Apr 30, 2019 (Reported by House Committee).

Summary of this bill

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 …


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Union Calendar No. 22

116th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 986

[Report No. 116–44, Part I]

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 6, 2019

(for herself, Mr. Beyer, and Mr. Courtney) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned

April 30, 2019

Additional sponsors: Mr. Welch, Ms. Schakowsky, Ms. Castor of Florida, Mr. Golden, Ms. Blunt Rochester, Mrs. Dingell, Mr. Kennedy, Mr. Rush, Mr. Ruiz, Mr. Pallone, Ms. Eshoo, Ms. Matsui, Mr. Van Drew, Ms. Clarke of New York, Ms. McCollum, Mr. Schrader, and Ms. Mucarsel-Powell

April 30, 2019

Reported from the Committee on Energy and Commerce

April 30, 2019

Committee on Ways and Means discharged; committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union and ordered to be printed


A BILL

To provide that certain guidance related to waivers for State innovation under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act shall have no force or effect.


1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Protecting Americans with Preexisting Conditions Act of 2019.

2.

Providing that certain guidance related to waivers for State innovation under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act shall have no force or effect

Beginning April 1, 2019, the Secretary of Health and Human Services and the Secretary of the Treasury may not take any action to implement, enforce, or otherwise give effect to the guidance entitled State Relief and Empowerment Waivers (83 Fed. Reg. 53575 (October 24, 2018)), and the Secretaries may not promulgate any substantially similar guidance or rule.

April 30, 2019

Reported from the Committee on Energy and Commerce

April 30, 2019

Committee on Ways and Means discharged; committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union and ordered to be printed