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Rep. Kildee Supports House Bill to Protect Michiganders with Pre-Existing Conditions

May 9, 2019
Press Release

House Democrats Continue Their Efforts to Ensure All Americans Have Access to Affordable Health Care

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, applauded the passage of H.R. 986, the Protecting Americans with Pre-Existing Conditions Act. This important bill helps to protect Michigan families from predatory junk insurance plans that do not offer comprehensive health care coverage, including coverage for pre-existing conditions. Over 4 million Michiganders have pre-existing conditions.

The Trump Administration, in their continued assault on the Affordable Care Act, has recently allowed states to promote junk, short-term insurance options that do not have comprehensive coverage. While these plans often make families feel like they have insurance, they are often surprised by high medical bills or denied care altogether when they need it.

“Michiganders should not lose their health insurance or be denied care because they have a pre-existing condition,” Congressman Kildee said. “While the Trump Administration continues its sabotage of our nation’s health care system, I am proud that a new Democratic majority in the U.S. House of Representatives is passing legislation to protect access to affordable and quality health care for all Americans.”

Prior to the Affordable Care Act, health insurers could discriminate against families based on their current health conditions and medical history. A pre-existing condition includes most health conditions such as diabetes, asthma, obesity or pregnancy. Many families with serious conditions were regularly denied coverage altogether.

Last month, the Trump Administration argued in court that the entire Affordable Care Act should be eliminated, an extreme move that would again allow health insurance companies to once again discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions. If President Trump’s attempt is successful and the ACA is repealed, it would reduce health care coverage for millions of Americans.

Earlier this week, the U.S. House of Representatives also passed two bills to address prescription drug pricing, H.R. 1503, the Orange Book Transparency Act and H.R. 1520, the Purple Book Continuity Act of 2019. These bills would remove barriers and help generic drugs enter the market, which would result in lower prescription drug prices.

The passage of the Protecting Americans with Pre-Existing Conditions Act today in the House is the latest action by a new Democratic majority to make Congress work for the people. In recent weeks, A Democratically-elected House acted to pass other key pieces of legislation, including:

  • H.R. 1, the For the People Act, to expand voting rights for Americans, reduce the dominance of big money in politics, and ensure that public officials work for the people, not special interests.
  • H.R. 8, Bipartisan Background Checks Act, long-overdue gun violence prevention legislation that requires background checks for gun sales and transfers to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and bad actors. 
  • H.R. 7, the Pay Check Fairness Act, which strengthens and closes loopholes in existing law, including the 1963 Equal Pay Act, to help ensure that women and men get paid the same if they are doing the same work.
  • H.J. Res 46, a privileged resolution to terminate President Trump’s national emergency declaration to illegally fund his border wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.
  • H.R. 1585, the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which seeks to end instances of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking by improving law enforcement response to violence and funding local programs to support victims.
  • H.R. 1644, the Save the Internet Act, which restores net neutrality protections, ensuring that the internet is open to all Americans and free from interference.
  • H.R. 9, the Climate Action Now Act, which requires the Trump Administration to remain in the Paris Climate Accord, a global effort to combat climate change and its impacts.