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Rep. Sylvia Garcia (TX-29) Cosponsors the Protecting Pre-Existing Conditions & Making Health Care More Affordable Act

March 27, 2019
Press Release
New Health Bill To Lower Health Costs, Reverse GOP Health Care Sabotage

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia cosponsored sweeping new health care legislation that will lower Texans’ health insurance premiums, crack down on junk health insurance plans, strengthen protections for people with pre-existing conditions, and reverse the Trump Administration’s health care sabotage. 

The Protecting Pre-Existing Conditions & Making Health Care Affordable Act was introduced the day after the Trump Administration asked a federal court to strike down not only the Affordable Care Act’s protections for people with pre-existing conditions, but every other part of the health law.

“Just yesterday, the Trump Administration filed a brief here in Texas indicating their intent on continuing their war on affordable health care and people with pre-existing conditions,” said Rep. Garcia. “Sadly, even after the 2018 election, Republicans have not learned the lesson that Americans want increased access to quality health care and to protect those with pre-existing conditions.”

“With the Protecting Pre-Existing Conditions & Making Health Care Affordable Act, Democrats are taking another step forward in delivering our promise to lower health costs for the American people, and I am proud to be an original cosponsor of this bill that will make our families happier and healthier.”

The Protecting Pre-Existing Conditions & Making Health Care More Affordable Act of 2019 includes provisions that will:

Lower health insurance premiums with strengthened and expanded affordability assistance

  • Strengthening tax credits in the Marketplace to lower Americans’ health insurance premiums and allows more middle-class individuals and families to qualify for subsidies;
  • Ensuring that families who don’t have an offer of affordable coverage from an employer can still qualify for subsidies in the Marketplace; and,
  • Providing funding for reinsurance, to help with high cost claims, improve Marketplace stability, and prevent the Trump Administration’s sabotage from raising premiums.

Strengthen protections for people with pre-existing conditions

  • 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, which would leave consumers with less comprehensive plans that do not cover needed services, such as prescription drugs, maternity care, and substance use disorder treatment.

Stop insurance companies from selling junk health insurance plans

  • Stopping the Trump Administration’s efforts to push Americans into junk health insurance plans that do not provide coverage for essential medical treatments and drugs, and that are allowed to discriminate against people with pre-existing medical conditions.

Reverse the GOP’s health care sabotage that has needlessly driven up premiums and uninsured rates, and empower states to innovate and invest in enrolling more people in affordable health coverage

  • Reversing the Trump Administration’s sabotage by requiring open enrollment outreach, education, and funding for navigators;
  • Investing in state efforts to conduct outreach to increase enrollment, educate consumers of their rights, and help individuals navigate the health insurance system;
  • Empowering states to implement new approaches to increasing enrollment and allows states to set up their own Marketplaces; and
  • Holding the Administration accountable for its use of federal dollars dedicated to increasing enrollment, outreach and running the federal exchange.

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Congresswoman Sylvia R. Garcia was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in November 2018, becoming the first Latina ever to represent Texas 29th Congressional district.

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