Congressman Dan Kildee Unveils New Bill to Protect People with Pre-Existing Conditions and Lower Health Care Costs

Press Release

Date: March 26, 2019

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, joined House Democrats in introducing a bill today to make health care more affordable and protect individuals with pre-existing medical conditions. The bill comes after President Trump asked the courts to eliminate the Affordable Care Act, which would once again allow insurance companies to discriminate against those with pre-existing conditions.

"In the richest country in the world, access to quality, affordable health care should be a right," Congressman Kildee said. "No American should go bankrupt just because they get sick, experience an accident, or have to take care of a loved one. Michiganders deserve affordable care to keep their families healthy and safe. I'm fighting for people with pre-existing conditions, those that rely on Healthy Michigan Medicaid expansion, and seniors that need affordable prescription drugs. This stands in stark contrast to President Trump's cruel actions to eliminate the Affordable Care Act and take away health care from millions of Americans. I believe that we should be making health care more affordable, not taking away health care from millions of Americans, which is why I am proud to introduce this important legislation to expand access to health care and lower out-of-pocket costs."

Congressman Kildee's legislation:

Lowers health insurance premiums by expanding tax credits that make health insurance more affordable to middle-income families.
Strengthens protections for people with pre-existing conditions by curtailing the Trump Administration's efforts to give states waivers to undermine protections for people with pre-existing conditions and weaken standards for essential health benefits.
Stops insurance companies from selling junk health insurance plans. This would halt the Trump Administration's efforts to push Americans into junk health insurance plans that do not provide coverage for essential medical treatments and drugs.
Restores outreach and enrollment assistance funding, putting new accountability requirements on the Trump Administration, and empowering states to innovate and invest in enrolling more people in affordable health coverage.
If President Trump's attempt is successful in court and the ACA is repealed, it would reduce health care coverage for millions of Americans. His actions would allow lifetime and annual limits on care, reduce the Medicaid expansion, and decrease help for seniors as they pay for prescription drugs.