Langevin Votes to Protect Health Coverage for Rhode Islanders With Pre-Existing Conditions

WASHINGTON – Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) released the following statement after voting in favor of H.R. 986, the Protecting Americans with Pre-Existing Conditions Act of 2019, a bill that rescinds Trump Administration guidance to states that grants them the ability to weaken Affordable Care Act (ACA) protections for individuals with pre-existing conditions. Earlier today, Langevin spoke on the House floor in support of the bill, which included his amendment addressing the extent to which the Administration’s guidance will harm people with disabilities. The bill passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 230-183:

“The bill passed today by House Democrats will protect Rhode Islanders and Americans across the country from the Trump Administration’s continued attempts to roll back the Affordable Care Act’s consumer protections, including protections for people with preexisting conditions. It soundly rejects the Administration’s discriminatory guidance and prevents states from promoting inadequate insurance plans that do not cover essential benefits.

“People with disabilities are at a high risk for losing their health coverage as a result of the Trump Administration’s efforts to gut the Affordable Care Act. That’s why I am pleased my amendment addressing just how dangerous the Administration’s efforts are to people with disabilities was included in today’s legislation.

“Millions of American families have quality, affordable health care due to the Affordable Care Act’s protections. If the President gets his way, this important progress will be lost. I will continue to do everything in my power to make sure that does not happen.”