S.466 - Protecting Americans with Pre-existing Conditions Act of 2019116th Congress (2019-2020) |
|Sponsor:||Sen. Warner, Mark R. [D-VA] (Introduced 02/13/2019)|
|Committees:||Senate - Finance|
|Latest Action:||Senate - 02/13/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance. (All Actions)|
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Summary: S.466 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)All Information (Except Text)
Introduced in Senate (02/13/2019)
Protecting Americans with Pre-existing Conditions Act of 2019
This bill nullifies the Department of the Treasury and the Department of Health and Human Services guidance titled "State Relief and Empowerment Waivers," published on October 24, 2018. The guidance pertains to Section 1332 waivers (also known as State Innovation Waivers or State Relief and Empowerment Waivers), which allow states to forego certain requirements of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in order to implement experimental plans for health care coverage, as long as the resulting coverage meets certain statutory criteria.
The guidance, which supersedes earlier guidance from 2015, alters agency interpretation of how states may satisfy the statutory criteria for waiver approval. For example, the guidance (1) redefines acceptable coverage under such waivers to include short-term, limited-duration insurance and association health plans; (2) allows the comprehensiveness and affordability of coverage under such waivers to be assessed based on projected availability, rather than enrollment; and (3) allows the level of coverage to be assessed based on the effects over the entire course of the waiver, rather than per year.