Congressman Donald Norcross

Representing the 1st District of New Jersey
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Norcross Votes to Protect Americans with Pre-Existing Conditions

May 9, 2019
News Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Congressman Donald Norcross (NJ-01) issued the below statement on his vote in favor of H.R. 986, the Protecting Americans with Pre-Existing Conditions Act of 2019:

“Americans want and deserve affordable health care, but the Trump Administration is trying to make it legal to discriminate against Americans with pre-existing conditions – again. Why would we ever want to rip coverage away from people with pre-existing conditions?!

“I voted for this act because I know we must work to expand access to coverage – not take it away.”

On October 22, 2018, the Trump Administration issued new, dangerous guidance on Section 1332 waivers (State Innovation Waivers), allowing states to undermine the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) critical protections for people with pre-existing conditions. Among other provisions, the guidance allows states to promote junk insurance plans that discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions and do not cover essential benefits.

H.R. 986 rescinds the damaging guidance, thereby reinforcing the ACA’s vital protections for people with pre-existing conditions. It also prevents the Secretaries of HHS and Treasury from promulgating any substantially similar guidance or rule in the future.

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