House Democrats Pass Measure To Protect New Mexicans With Pre-Existing Health Conditions

by Reporter / Mar 11, 2019 / 0 comments

House Democrats Pass Measure To Protect New Mexicans With Pre-Existing Health Conditions

SANTA FE ― The House of Representatives passed a bill Thursday to protect health care coverage for New Mexicans with pre-existing conditions.

House Bill 436, sponsored by Reps. Elizabeth "Liz" Thomson (D-Albuquerque), Debbie Armstrong (D-Albuquerque), William B. Pratt (D-Albuquerque), Christine Trujillo (D-Albuquerque) and Micaela Lara Cadena (D-Mesilla) would add core pre-existing conditions protections into New Mexico law.

Currently, 332,000 New Mexicans under the age of 65 live with pre-existing conditions, including asthma, cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. With the passage of House Bill 436, consumers in New Mexico will continue to be protected from discrimination in the health insurance market if pre-existing condition protections are eliminated from the Affordable Care Act.

“New Mexicans deserve the peace of mind knowing that pre-existing condition protections will be in place regardless of what happens at the federal level. Over a quarter of our population has a pre-existing condition, and this legislation is critical to ensuring that New Mexicans can access affordable health care plans. This measure will help keep New Mexico families healthy without breaking the bank,” Rep. Elizabeth “Liz” Thomson said.

Before the Affordable Care Act, insurance companies could deny people coverage due to their conditions, charge women more than men, set caps on coverage, and refuse to cover essential benefits like maternity care and substance abuse treatment.

House Bill 436 now heads to the Senate for further consideration.

 

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