Congresswoman Wexton Cosponsors Sweeping New Healthcare Legislation to Lower Health Premiums, Reverse GOP Health Care Sabotage

April 2, 2019
Press Release

Washington, DC —  Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) cosponsored sweeping new healthcare legislation that will lower Virginians’ health insurance premiums, crack down on junk health insurance plans, strengthen protections for people with pre-existing conditions, and reverse the Trump administration’s healthcare sabotage.  

The Protecting Pre-Existing Conditions & Making Health Care Affordable Act was introduced the day after the Trump administration asked a federal court to strike down not only the Affordable Care Act’s protections for people with pre-existing conditions, but every other part of the health law as well. 

This legislation will reverse the GOP's harmful actions to destabilize our nation’s healthcare system and make significant improvements to the Affordable Care Act.

"I'm proud to cosponsor the Protecting Pre-existing Conditions & Making Health Care More Affordable Act. This legislation is a priority for me, and it’s something I’ve fought for since I was sworn in. This bill will strengthen protections for Americans with pre-existing conditions, make healthcare more affordable for all Americans, and reverse the GOP's healthcare sabotage," said Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton. "While the Trump administration is working to strip healthcare from millions, I'm working hard to offer substantive solutions to expand access to coverage and ensure quality, affordable healthcare for every American."

This legislation is a major step toward lowering health costs and making healthcare more accessible for American families. Earlier this month, Congresswoman Wexton, alongside the New Democrat Coalition, issued a letter urging leadership to strengthen the ACA and pave the way for universal coverage. 

Congresswoman Wexton recently published an op-ed in Loudoun Times-Mirror in support of this legislation. 

The Protecting Pre-Existing Conditions & Making Health Care More Affordable Act of 2019 includes provisions that will: 

Lower health insurance premiums with strengthened and expanded affordability assistance

  • Strengthening tax credits in the Marketplace to lower Americans’ health insurance premiums and allowing more middle-class individuals and families to qualify for subsidies;
  • Ensuring that families who don’t have an offer of affordable coverage from an employer can still qualify for subsidies in the Marketplace; and,
  • Providing funding for reinsurance to help with high cost claims and to improve Marketplace stability. 

Strengthen protections for people with pre-existing conditions

  • Curtailing the Trump administration’s efforts to give states waivers to undermine protections for people with pre-existing conditions and to weaken standards for essential health benefits. 
  • Stopping the Trump administration’s efforts to push Americans into junk health insurance plans that do not provide coverage for essential medical treatments, and that are allowed to discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions.

Empower states to innovate and invest in enrolling more people in affordable health coverage

  • Requiring open enrollment outreach, education, and funding for navigators;
    Empowering states to implement new approaches to increasing enrollment and allowing states to set up their own Marketplaces; and
  • Holding the administration accountable for its use of federal dollars dedicated to increasing enrollment, outreach and running the federal exchange. 

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