Congressman Andy Levin Votes to Protect Americans with Pre-Existing Conditions, Works to Make Health Care More Affordable

May 9, 2019
Press Release

Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09) today voted to pass H.R. 986, the Protecting Americans with Pre-Existing Conditions Act, to block the Trump Administration’s October 2018 guidance that gives states the ability to weaken the Affordable Care Act’s critical protections for Americans with pre-existing conditions. 

“My family feels like a poster child for this bill,” Congressman Levin said. “As a two-time cancer survivor and father of two kids with Crohn’s disease, I know that protections for people with pre-existing conditions are essential. The Trump Administration’s dangerous guidance for states puts at risk the more than four million Michiganders who live with a pre-existing condition. The House today took bold action to protect those Michiganders and the millions of other Americans whose health care would be in jeopardy if the Trump Administration succeeds in its mission to eliminate the Affordable Care Act completely.”

On October 22, 2018, the Trump Administration issued guidance allowing states to promote insurance plans that discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions and do not cover essential benefits. 

The Administration’s guidance undermines the stability of the health care market and allows states to promote junk so-called “short-term, limited-duration” insurance options that directly discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions.

Yesterday, the House also passed two bipartisan bills to reduce the price of prescription drugs by removing barriers to more affordable generic versions of brand-name drugs coming to market, H.R 1503 and H.R. 1520.

Congressman Levin has also introduced the STOP GAMES Act  to lower drug costs and increase access to generics by preventing drugmakers from gaming the Food and Drug Administration’s approval process.