Rep. Susan Davis Votes to Protect Americans with Pre-Existing Conditions

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Washington, May 9, 2019 | comments

Rep. Susan Davis (CA-53) voted to pass H.R. 986, the Protecting Americans with Pre-Existing Conditions Act, to block the Trump Administration’s effort to weaken the Affordable Care Act’s critical protections for Americans with pre-existing conditions.

“I regularly hear from constituents with pre-existing conditions who fear losing their health insurance,” said Rep. Davis. “This Administration's actions represent a grave threat to their continued health and economic stability. Creating a health care system where Americans with pre-existing conditions could obtain health insurance was a key provision of the ACA. We must preserve these protections.”

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.”

More than 330,000 in Davis’s district and more than 16 million Californians are living with pre-existing conditions.

Yesterday, the House also passed 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.

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