WASHINGTON – Yesterday evening, Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) voted to pass H.R. 986, the Protecting Americans with Pre-Existing Conditions Act of 2019, to safeguard current protections for Americans with pre-existing conditions.
The bill passed 230 to 183, with four Republicans joining Democrats in clearing the House.
“All Americans deserve access to affordable health care, and that most certainly includes people living with pre-existing conditions,” Congresswoman Luria said. “It is a privilege to fulfill an early promise and join my colleagues to pass a bill to protect access to lifesaving health care benefits for millions of Virginians and Americans with pre-existing conditions.”
Last October, the administration issued new guidance allowing states to promote insurance plans that do not cover essential benefits. The guidance allows states to promote “short-term, limited-duration” insurance options. Such junk plans can eliminate coverage of pre-existing conditions, charge premiums based on health status, or reject patients altogether.
H.R. 986 essentially would roll back the administration’s guidance.
Congresswoman Luria this week also voted in support of two bipartisan bills to reduce the price of prescription drugs by removing barriers to more affordable generic versions of brand-name drugs coming to market, H.R 1503 and H.R. 1520.
Congresswoman Elaine Luria represents Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District. She serves on the House Armed Services Committee, where she is the Vice Chair of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, and the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, where she serves as Chair of the Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs Subcommittee.