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Congress Looks to Preserve Protections for Preexisting Conditions

The U.S. House of Representatives held three hearings February 6 focused on the Affordable Care Act and coverage for patients with preexisting conditions, reflecting the new Democratic House majority’s prioritization of the issue of access to comprehensive and affordable health insurance coverage.

More specifically, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies held an oversight hearing titled Impact on the Administration’s Policies Affecting the Affordable Care Act. The House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee convened a hearing examining the December 2018 Texas v. U.S. decision—in which a federal district judge ruled that the ACA was unconstitutional—and its impact on patients with preexisting conditions. In addition, a House Education and Labor Committee’s hearing centered on threats to workers with preexisting conditions. This trend will likely continue throughout the legislative session.

As Congress addresses needed updates to health care reform policy, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) maintains that any changes should preserve protections for patients with preexisting conditions. For more information on ACS health care reform policies, contact Carrie Zlatos, ACS Senior Congressional Lobbyist, at