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Coalition to U.S. House: Don’t Eliminate Affordable Health Coverage Choices – Groups Express Concern with Provision in H.R. 987

By at 16 May, 2019, 11:30 am

One-size-fits-all does not work for Americans!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Washington, D.C. – A coalition of free market and taxpayer organizations sent a letter to all U.S. House members urging the preservation of an important health coverage option that fills “an important need in the marketplace, particularly when individuals and their families need coverage during career and work changes.”  Today, the U.S. House is expected to vote on H.R. 987, the “Strengthening Health Care and Lowering Prescription Drug Costs Act,” which includes a provision that would have the effect of moving 500,000 people into the ranks of the uninsured, and cause 1.5 million fewer people the ability to purchase short-term, limited duration plans “each year over the 2020-2029 period,” according to report by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).

As noted in the letter: “Rescinding the improvements to short-term plans would be a big mistake for people who desperately need affordable coverage at crucial periods in their lives.”

Specifically, as part of the health care package being voted on today, a provision (originally HR 1010) would repeal a favorable Department of Labor (DOL) rule that made short-term, limited duration health plans a more practical option for American families, workers and entrepreneurs.  The provision would prevent the DOL from taking “any action to implement, enforce, or otherwise give effect to the rule” and stop the federal government from promulgating a similar rule.

The letter expressed the importance of affordable health coverage that aligns with the modern, mobile lives of Americans and the flexible choices they need:

“Many more people are cycling between full-time jobs and ‘gig’ work, or going back to school to obtain a needed skill, and temporary health insurance plans provide health coverage at a reasonable cost.  Our regulatory system must take into account how people currently work, how they want to work if they have major life changes, or if they want to start a business. Insurance choices, like transitional health plans, provide Americans with the flexibility they need when there is a break in coverage, have a need for bridge coverage, or to pursue their dream of opening a business.

“When H.R. 987 reaches the floor for a vote, we urge you to consider the impact this provision will have on increasing the ranks of the uninsured and denying Americans an affordable, flexible health coverage option.”

Groups signing the letter include: Americans for Tax Reform, ALEC Nation, Center for Freedom and Prosperity, Freedom Works, Galen Institute, Heritage Action for America, National Taxpayers Union, Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council, and Taxpayer Protection Alliance.

CONTACT:

Karen Kerrigan kkerrigan@sbecouncil.org

703-242-5840

 

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