U.S. Senator Todd Young (R-Ind.) along with Senators Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Roger Marshall (R-Kan.), and Richard Burr (R-N.C.), plan to reintroduce the Protect Act, legislation that protects Americans with pre-existing conditions and ensures that Americans will never be denied health care coverage or be charged more because of a pre-existing condition.
“When it comes to healthcare, there is bipartisan agreement that we must protect people with pre-existing conditions,” said Senator Young. “Families should never have to worry about being denied coverage because of a pre-existing condition, and our legislation will ensure they are protected.”
The Protect Act amends the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) to:
• Guarantee the availability of health insurance coverage in the individual or group market, regardless of pre-existing conditions.
• Prohibit discrimination against patients based on health status – including prohibiting increased premiums for patients due to pre-existing conditions.
• Prohibit insurance companies from excluding coverage of treatments for a beneficiary’s pre-existing condition.