Bill aims to protect people with pre-existing conditions

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WASHINGTON (CBS19 NEWS) -- A bill has been introduced in the U.S. Senate to protect people who have pre-existing conditions.

Senators Mark Warner, Ben Cardin, Jeanne Shaheen and Tammy Baldwin introduced the Protecting Americans with Pre-existing Conditions Act, which aims to prevent the promotion of “junk” health care plans that lack such protections and would increase costs for millions of people.

“Junk plans will increase health care costs for millions of consumers while weakening protections for individuals with pre-existing conditions,” said Warner. “The Trump administration should stop trying to undermine the success of the Affordable Care Act, and instead work with Congress on targeted, bipartisan fixes that will lower health care costs and expand access to comprehensive affordable health care coverage.”

Under a proposed policy, states will be permitted to increase out-of-pocket maximums and reduce the value of coverage, which would weaken health benefits and implement chances increase costs or many beneficiaries as long as is can be demonstrated that some people will see lower costs.

The bill would prohibit the implementation of guidance released in October that weakens protections for pre-existing conditions.

In October senators voted on a discharge petition that would have blocked the rule to expand “junk insurance” plans, but that petition did not receive the simple majority needed to pass and be sent to the House of Representatives.

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