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Pascrell Votes to Protect Americans with Pre-existing Conditions

Washington, May 9, 2019

Today, U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09) voted in support of the Protecting Americans with Pre-existing Conditions Act (H.R. 986), which passed the House of Representatives 230-to-183. The bill reverses the Trump administration's cuts to Affordable Care Act (ACA) outreach efforts, rolls back the administration's expansion of short-term health plans, and increases subsidies for ACA marketplace consumers. The legislation also requires the administration to rescind recent guidance that sabotages the ACA and decreases critical protections for Americans with pre-existing conditions.

“Every American deserves access to quality, affordable healthcare,” said Rep. Pascrell. “That includes Americans with pre-existing medical conditions. While the Trump administration continues its assault on Americans’ healthcare, the House today reaffirmed its unwavering commitment to protecting your coverage regardless of a pre-existing medical condition. While this is certainly a step in the right direction, much work remains. I will never stop fighting to protect health coverage that is affordable and comprehensive for all Americans.”

Despite the Trump administration’s attempts to destroy our nation’s health law and virtually eliminate coverage assistance, Rep. Pascrell is fighting tirelessly to uphold protections created by the ACA and ensure every American has access to affordable healthcare. In July 2018, Pascrell excoriated the Trump administration’s deliberate vandalization of the ACA, noting it would cause premiums to skyrocket for those with pre-existing conditions. As New Jersey’s only Member on the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee, which has jurisdiction over issues pertaining to Medicare, Pascrell continues to push for legislation that seeks to improve the health and well-being of his constituents and improve access to affordable healthcare.

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