REP LIEU SHARES REPORT SHOWING HOW TRUMP ADMINISTRATION ACTIONS THREATEN 1,321,000 CALIFORNIANS WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS

October 18, 2018
Press Release

LOS ANGELES – Today, Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) released the findings from a new report generated by the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Democratic Staff that shows the consequences of the Trump Administration’s threats to Californians with pre-existing health conditions. In California, if the Trump Administration is successful in its attempts to roll back Affordable Care Act protections, as many as 1,321,000 people could lose federal protections against coverage denials or premium increases—including as many as 78,000 people in CA-33 alone.

“My district has the most people at risk of losing health coverage or facing premium increases because of the Trump Administration’s perplexing decision not to defend the individual mandate,” Rep. Lieu said. “Why won’t this Administration stand up for families and the millions of Americans who benefit from affordable, comprehensive healthcare? Protecting the very popular clause in the Affordable Care Act that protects Americans from insurance discrimination seems like a no-brainer. But, for Congressional Republicans and the Trump Administration, their unending efforts to roll back health protections are as heartless as they are senseless.”

Currently, state Republican Attorneys General are suing to strike down the Affordable Care Act. The Trump Administration has announced it will not defend in federal court the ACA’s requirement that individuals maintain insurance coverage, including the requirement that insurers cover people with pre-existing conditions.

This report estimates that as many as 2,050,000 people in the individual market in California may lose federal protections against coverage denials or premium increases as a result of their pre-existing health conditions, gender, or age.

  • Individuals with Pre-Existing Health Conditions:  As many as 1,321,000 people in the state who purchase insurance through the individual market have pre-existing health conditions and may lose federal protections against coverage denials or premium increases as a result of the Administration’s actions.  Of these individuals, 576,000 have pre-existing health conditions severe enough that insurers may deny them coverage altogether.
  • Women:  As many as 1,212,000 women in the state who purchase coverage through the individual market may lose federal protections against coverage denials or premium increases because of their gender as a result of the Administration’s actions. 
  • Older Adults:  If current statutory protections are eliminated, older Americans could be charged more than ten times the amount younger adults pay for their insurance premiums.  As many as 856,000 individuals between 50 and 64 years old in the state who purchase health insurance through the individual market may lose federal protections against coverage denials or premium increases as a result of the Administration’s actions.

If the Trump Administration’s efforts to eliminate the individual mandate are successful, thousands of Californians will be at risk for losing comprehensive coverage. Without state intervention, California’s healthcare industry could revert back to the era of legalized insurance company discrimination against people with pre-existing conditions.

Read The Full Report Here

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