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Lipinski Votes to Protect Americans with Pre-Existing Conditions

WASHINGTON—Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-3) today voted to pass the Protecting Americans with Pre-Existing Conditions Act, which blocks the Trump Administration’s October 2018 guidance that gives states the ability to weaken the Affordable Care Act’s protections for Americans with pre-existing conditions. The Protecting Americans with Pre-Existing Conditions Act, H.R. 986, passed the House on a vote of 230-183.

“While the Affordable Care Act still needs to be improved, the Administration should not be taking action to weaken the provision protecting patients with pre-existing conditions,” Lipinski said. “This protection provides peace of mind and economic stability to countless working-class families in Illinois and across the country who’ve come to rely on it. We cannot return to the days where patients have to worry if they will be denied coverage because of a pre-existing condition like cancer, diabetes, or mental illness.”

On October 22, 2018, the Trump Administration issued the new guidance allowing states to promote insurance plans that discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions and do not cover essential benefits.  A coalition of 29 leading patient and health care advocacy groups, including the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Association, has expressed strong opposition to the Administration’s guidance, stating that, “This dangerous action could take us back to the days when people with pre-existing conditions were openly discriminated against and blatantly denied access to lifesaving care.”

“As a diabetic I understand the need for people with pre-existing conditions to be protected,” Lipinski said. “I will continue advocating on their behalf and work on further improving the Affordable Care Act.”