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U.S. Representative Val Demings

Representing the 10th District of Florida

New Legislation to Protect and Expand Affordable Health Care

March 26, 2019
Press Release

ORLANDO, FL – Today Rep. Demings cosponsored the “Protecting Pre-Existing Conditions & Making Health Care More Affordable Act.” In addition, she responded to news that the Trump Justice Department will argue in court for the full invalidation of the Affordable Care Act.

Said Rep. Demings, “Americans have a right to health care and I will be relentless in my efforts to protect and expand that right. I’m proud to cosponsor new legislation to lower health insurance premiums and protect Americans with preexisting conditions. The Trump Administration is dead wrong to side with big corporations in their sickening efforts to take away affordable care from millions of Americans, eliminate no-charge preventive services for older Americans, and increase out-of-pocket costs for families.

“The GOP lawsuit is a direct attack by Attorney General Barr and President Trump on the wellbeing of working Americans—an undying attempt to take us back to the dark days when just one illness or accident meant a lifetime without adequate health insurance. The ACA’s cost-cutting provisions and protections for people with preexisting conditions are a clear public good. I will continue to work to make healthcare more affordable for all Americans.”

Background

The Protecting Pre-Existing Conditions & Making Health Care More Affordable Act:

  • Lowers health insurance premiums with strengthened and expanded affordability assistance – expanding tax credits that make health insurance more affordable to more middle-income families and making them more substantial for those already eligible.
  • Strengthens protections for people with pre-existing conditions – curtailing the Trump Administration’s efforts to give states waivers to undermine protections for people with pre-existing conditions and weaken standards for essential health benefits, which would leave consumers with less comprehensive plans that do not cover needed services, such as prescription drugs, maternity care, and substance use disorder treatment.
  • Stops insurance companies from selling junk health insurance plans – halting the Trump Administration’s efforts to push Americans into junk health insurance plans that do not provide coverage for essential medical treatments and drugs, and that are allowed to discriminate against people with pre-existing medical conditions.
  • Reverses the GOP’s health care sabotage that has needlessly driven up premiums and uninsured rates – restoring outreach and enrollment assistance funding, putting new accountability requirements on the Trump Administration, and empowering states to innovate and invest in enrolling more people in affordable health coverage.

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