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S. 466: Protecting Americans with Pre-existing Conditions Act of 2019


The text of the bill below is as of Feb 13, 2019 (Introduced).

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 ...


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116th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 466

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

February 13, 2019

(for himself, Mr. Cardin, Mrs. Shaheen, and Ms. Baldwin) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance

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 Pre-existing 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.