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Statement For Hearing On “Protecting Americans With Pre-Existing Conditions”

posted by AHIP

on January 29, 2019

AHIP submitted a statement for the official record of a hearing held by the House Ways and Means Committee on January 29, 2019 on “Protecting Americans With Pre-Existing Conditions.”

Our statement emphasizes that every American deserves affordable, comprehensive coverage—regardless of their income, health status, or pre-existing conditions. This has been a core principle for health insurance providers and a constant commitment by our industry as we work on efforts to improve coverage, affordability, and access to high-quality care in our health care system.

Our statement focuses on the following:

  • Our support for protecting Americans with pre-existing conditions;
  • The importance of protecting consumers while ensuring coverage and care remain affordable, so that all Americans can get the coverage they need to improve their health and financial security; and
  • The major challenges posed by the December 2018 court decision in litigation, Texas v. United States, which would invalidate the entire Affordable Care Act, including the law’s pre-existing condition protections.