U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski, D-Western Springs, voted last week to pass the Protecting Americans with Preexisting Conditions Act, which aims to block the Trump administration’s October guidance that gives states the ability to weaken the Affordable Care Act’s protections.
The bill, H.R. 986, passed the House of Representatives with a vote of 230-183, according to a news release.
“While the Affordable Care Act still needs to be improved, the administration should not be taking action to weaken the provision protecting patients with pre-existing conditions,” Lipinski said. “This protection provides peace of mind and economic stability to countless working-class families in Illinois and across the country who’ve come to rely on it.”
The Trump administration issued the new guidance in October, allowing states to promote insurance plans that discriminate against people with preexisting conditions and do not cover essential benefits.
According to the release, a coalition of 29 leading patient and health care advocacy groups, including the American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Association, has expressed strong opposition to the administration’s guidance.
The coalition called the action “dangerous” and said it could “take us back to the days when people with pre-existing conditions were openly discriminated against.”
“As a diabetic, I understand the need for people with pre-existing conditions to be protected,” Lipinski said.