U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Holly) helped introduce the Protecting Pre-Existing Conditions & Making Health Care More Affordable Act, a bill that would help lower premiums and strengthen protections for those with pre-existing conditions on March 26, 2019.
Slotkin’s mother passed away in 2011 of ovarian cancer after struggling for years to access care due to her pre-existing condition. In Congress, Slotkin has made lowering the cost of healthcare and prescription drugs a top priority.
“Lowering the cost of health care and prescription drugs is something I hear about every single day from folks across our district: moms stop me at the grocery store to tell me about their bills; loving kids caring for sick parents tell me about their struggles to navigate coverage,” said Slotkin. “Today I was proud to help introduce a bill that would lower premiums and protect people with pre-existing conditions, like my mom. Health care is our generation’s problem to solve, and I won’t stop working on this issue until every family has access to healthcare they can afford.”
The bill expands eligibility for premium tax credits beyond 400 percent of the federal poverty line and increases the size of tax credits for all income brackets. The legislation also creates a national reinsurance program to help cover the costs of consumers with expensive medical conditions, which lowers premiums for everyone, and offers funding to states to establish their own State-Based Marketplaces, which oftentimes have lower premiums.