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S. 560: Ensuring Lasting Smiles Act

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About the bill

Should children with facial anomalies such as cleft palate benefit from mandatory coverage requirements by health insurers?

Context and what the legislation does

Congenital facial anomalies such as cleft palate or hypodontia can emotionally scar their victims for life, as well as cause physical problems if left untreated. But many health insurance plans deny coverage for reconstructive surgeries or other procedures that could ameliorate or solve such problems by claiming that the procedures are purely cosmetic or qualify under separate dental insurance plans.

The Ensuring Lasting Smiles Act would mandate that all health insurance plans cover any medically necessary surgery or procedure to correct any birth defects. Purely cosmetic surgery or procedures would be exempted from the legislation’s requirement.

The House version was introduced on February 26 as bill ...

Sponsor and status

Tammy Baldwin

Sponsor. Junior Senator for Wisconsin. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Feb 26, 2019
Length: 11 pages
Feb 26, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)

Introduced on Feb 26, 2019

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on February 26, 2019. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.

3% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)
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H.R. 1379 (same title)
Ordered Reported — Sep 9, 2020



Feb 26, 2019

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S. 560 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 S. 560. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

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