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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: December 17, 2018 12:41 PM
From: Senator Vincent J. Hughes and Sen. Timothy P. Kearney, Sen. Jay Costa, Sen. John P. Blake, Sen. Lisa M. Boscola, Sen. James R. Brewster, Sen. Maria Collett, Sen. Andrew E. Dinniman, Sen. Lawrence M. Farnese, Jr., Sen. Wayne D. Fontana, Sen. Art Haywood, 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 the Essential Health Benefits for Insurance Policies sold in Pennsylvania
On December 14, 2018, a Federal judge in Texas ruled that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was unconstitutional. This ruling could have substantial consequences to healthcare across the nation including allowing insurance companies to provide policies that don’t provide adequate coverage. This ruling could lead to low-cost, little-coverage insurance policies appearing in Pennsylvania.

In the near future, we will be introducing a bill to codify the federal essential health benefits (EHB) into state law. Before the ACA imposes EHB, three in five people’s insurance policy did not provide maternity coverage and one in three policies did not cover substance abuse treatment.

Under our proposal, the ten essential health benefits (EHB) currently covered by the ACA would be placed into state law. The benefits our legislation would cover includes: ambulatory patient services; emergency services; hospitalization; maternity and newborn care; mental health and substance use disorder services including behavioral health treatment; prescription drugs; rehabilitative and habilitative services and devices; laboratory services; preventive and wellness services and chronic disease management; and pediatric services, including oral and vision care.

Please join us in protecting our constituents and ensuring they continue to have access to quality healthcare policies.

If you have any questions, please contact Michael Deery in Senator Hughes’ office at Michael.Deery@pasenate.com or at 717-787-7112 or Sara McCullough in Senator Kearney’s office at Sara.McCullough@pasenate.com or at 717-787-1350.

Introduced as SB51