Cicilline, House Dems Pass Protections for People with Pre-Existing Conditions

Thursday, May 9, 2019

WASHINGTON – Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC) Chair David N. Cicilline (RI-01) spent today helping to pass the Protecting Americans with Pre-Existing Conditions Act (H.R. 986). Cicilline is a co-sponsor of the proposal, which protects half a million Rhode Islanders who could suffer higher premiums, and even have their insurance taken away altogether, if President Trump succeeds in repealing the Affordable Care Act through the courts.


“Every American should have access to quality, affordable health care. Unfortunately, President Trump is trying to make it harder than ever for half a million Rhode Islanders with pre-existing conditions to get the coverage they need,” said Cicilline. “This bill offers a critical lifeline for those who will be hurt most by the President’s obsession with repealing this law.”


Two years after House Republicans and President Trump celebrated their attempt to gut the Affordable Care Act with a party in the White House Rose Garden, the Trump administration is now asking a federal court to strike down the entirety of the law, including protections for more than 130 million Americans with pre-existing conditions.


Democrats in Congress have been working to strengthen and expand the benefits in the Affordable Care Act to ensure that every American has access to the health care they need. The legislation that Cicilline helped pass in the House today will reverse the Trump administration’s effort to allow states to waive life-saving protections for Americans with pre-existing conditions. It also prevents states from pushing people into junk plans that discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions and provide minimal coverage.


Cicilline is also the sponsor of the CREATES Act, legislation that is expected to soon be considered by the full House to drive down the cost of prescription drugs.


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