May 9, 2019
Ask Your Congressman to Vote NO on Preventing Affordable Health Insurance
This week the House will vote on H.R. 986 or the “Protecting Americans with Preexisting Condition Act.” The title of H.R. 986 is extremely misleading and is the Democrats’ attempt to label Republicans as heartless legislators who are intent on dismantling the healthcare system. This label is not true. The Trump administration has taken steps to help reduce the financial burden of health insurance that many Americans face. Last October, under President Trump’s leadership, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the U.S. Department of the Treasury updated the 2015 regulations in section 1332 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Section 1332 provides states the ability to help their insurance market by giving them a lump sum of money and the ability to waive some of the ACA’s onerous regulations. This reinsurance program, or the State Relief and Empowerment Waiver Guidance, allows states more flexibility to increase insurance choices, stabilize their marketplace, and to provide more affordable coverage. Democrats claim that the State Relief and Empowerment Waiver Guidance undermines the purpose of the ACA by loosening the insurance standards. The Waiver actually creates a marketplace not bound to some of the ACA’s regulations and enables insurers to offer more flexibility and innovation in their coverage. The Waiver will lead to a larger and more affordable insurance market. The Waiver does not allow states to use the program to create plans that do not cover preexisting conditions. Nevertheless, Democrats falsely claim that this less regulated market enables insurers to deny coverage to those with preexisting conditions. H.R. 986 would stop the State Relief and Empowerment Waiver program. Democrats just want to protect the ACA. Congress should help Americans by implementing common-sense solutions to the insurance market made unstable by the ACA. Please call or email your Congressman and ask them to vote NO on H.R. 986 which would hurt American families.
Capitol Switchboard: 202-224-3121
On May 9, 2019, this bill passed the House 230-183. We scored in opposition to HR 986: Roll Call 196