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H.R. 1916: Ensuring Lasting Smiles Act

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To provide health insurance benefits for outpatient and inpatient items and services related to the diagnosis and treatment of a congenital anomaly or birth defect.

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Sponsor and status

Anna Eshoo

Sponsor. Representative for California's 18th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Apr 5, 2022
Length: 13 pages
Mar 16, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)

Passed House (Senate next) on Apr 4, 2022

This bill passed in the House on April 4, 2022 and goes to the Senate next for consideration.

Other activity may have occurred on another bill with identical or similar provisions.


317 Cosponsors (201 Democrats, 116 Republicans)

1% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)

Position statements

What legislators are saying

Eshoo Argues on House Floor for Bill to Cover Children Born with Congenital Anomalies or Birth Defects
    — Rep. Anna Eshoo [D-CA18] (Sponsor) on Apr 4, 2022

Congressman Higgins Announces House Approval of the Ensuring Lasting Smiles Act
    — Rep. Brian Higgins [D-NY26] (Co-sponsor) on Apr 5, 2022

the daily leader: monday, april 4, 2022
    — Rep. Steny Hoyer [D-MD5] on Apr 3, 2022

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What stakeholders are saying

R Street Institute estimates H.R. 1916 will add $241 million in new spending through 2031.


Mar 16, 2021

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Apr 1, 2022
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Apr 1, 2022
Text Published

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Apr 4, 2022
Passed House (Senate next)

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H.R. 1916 is a bill in the United States Congress.

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