February 14, 2019
Senator Kirk Watson filed legislation that would ensure that Texans with pre-existing conditions are not denied access to affordable health insurance.
“With the future of the Affordable Care Act in question, I want to provide Texans some peace of mind,” Sen. Watson said. “We can’t return to the days when people were denied health insurance or priced out of it because of pre-existing conditions. Access to healthcare is essential for Texans to be healthy and productive, and the protection provided by Senate Bill 825 will help to ensure that millions of Texans have that access.”
Prior to the passage of the Affordable Care Act, insurance companies were allowed to deny coverage for pre-existing conditions including pregnancy, cancer, depression, and diabetes. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, more than 4.5 million Texans with pre-existing conditions could be denied coverage if these protections go away.
Senate Bill 825 simply prevents insurance companies from denying coverage or charging more due to a pre-existing condition. It is consistent with the assurance from Gov. Greg Abbott that Texas would “ensure that Texans with pre-existing conditions are protected” if the Affordable Care Act were eliminated.
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CONTACT: Kate Alexander, Office of Senator Kirk Watson: (512) 463-0114