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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: December 17, 2018 12:39 PM
From: Senator Vincent J. Hughes and Sen. Maria Collett, Sen. Jay Costa, Sen. John P. Blake, Sen. Lisa M. Boscola, Sen. James R. Brewster, Sen. Andrew E. Dinniman, Sen. Lawrence M. Farnese, Jr., Sen. Wayne D. Fontana, Sen. Art Haywood, Sen. Timothy P. Kearney, Sen. Daylin Leach, Sen. Katie J. Muth, Sen. John P. Sabatina, Jr., Sen. Steven J. Santarsiero, Sen. Judith L. Schwank, Sen. Sharif Street, Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione, Sen. Anthony H. Williams, Sen. Lindsey M. Williams, Sen. John T. Yudichak
To: All Senate members
Subject: Protecting Insurance Coverage for Individuals with Preexisting Conditions
On December 14, 2018, a Federal judge in Texas ruled that the Affordable Care Act was unconstitutional. This ruling could have substantial consequences to healthcare across the nation including allowing insurance companies to exclude coverage for pre-existing conditions.

In the near future, we will be reintroducing Senate Bill 958 which prohibits health insurance companies from using an individual’s preexisting medical conditions to deny or exclude coverage under a health insurance policy.

Actions by the Federal court and the Trump Administration have dismantled a popular and important provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that prohibits an insurance company from denying an individual insurance coverage because they have a preexisting health condition. Several States have sought and been approved for a waiver from this requirement and have begun selling insurance policies on the ACA marketplace that deny coverage to individuals with preexisting conditions.

While Governor Wolf has announced that as long as he is Governor he will not seek a waiver from the federal Government, we believe this legislation is important in order to prevent any future Governor from seeking a waiver that would allow insurance coverage that does not cover preexisting conditions be sold through Pennsylvania’s ACA marketplace. Our legislation would accomplish this by amending the Insurance Company Law to prohibit health insurance companies from denying or excluding coverage based on an individual’s preexisting medical conditions.

Please join us in protecting our constituents and ensuring they continue to have access to health coverage by co-sponsoring this important legislation.

If you have any questions, please contact Michael Deery in Senator Hughes’ office at Michael.Deery@pasenate.com or at 717-787-7112 or Thomas Holroyd in Senator Collett’s office at Tom.Holroyd@pasenate.com or at 717-787-6599.

Introduced as SB50