WASHINGTON (WANE) – This week, U.S. Senator Todd Young (R-Ind.) along with a number of other senators plan to reintroduce an amendment to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) that protects Americans with pre-existing conditions.
The Protect Act is 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, the press release said.
“When it comes to healthcare, there is bipartisan agreement that we must protect people with pre-existing conditions,” Senator Young said. “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 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.
The other senators involved include: 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.)
Read more about the Protect Act HERE.