Yoder Leads on Protections for Pre-Existing Conditions
Washington, DC — Yesterday, Representative Kevin Yoder (R-KS) joined 27 of his House of Representatives colleagues in introducing a resolution (H.Res. 1066) that states Congress must support protections for those with pre-existing conditions. Rep. Yoder issued the following statement:
“Throughout our ongoing health care debates, I have made a promise: I will protect those with pre-existing conditions and ensure they are not denied the affordable coverage and care they need to survive. During my time in Congress, I've met many people with pre-existing conditions and heard their stories along the way. I carry those stories with me when I go to work in Washington and always look for ways to help fulfill that promise to make sure they have access to care.
"One of those ways is investing in medical research. Diseases know no political party or regional difference, they affect all of us. Funding for research saves lives, but it's also a smart investment and the absolute best way to lower the cost of care for everyone. That's why I've made it a priority to secure a 25 percent funding increase at the NIH over the last two years.
"Another way is to ensure that protections for pre-existing conditions remained intact in any health care plan. When we crafted our health care plan last year, my focus was on ensuring these protections remained in place. My focus remains on working together with Republicans and Democrats to protect and improve our American health care system."
Rep. Yoder recently also cosponsored H.R. 1121, the Pre-existing Conditions Protection Act. This important legislation, which would take effect if the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is repealed, would fully preserve current pre-existing condition protections. Insurance companies would still be required to cover pre-existing conditions, insurers would still be required to accept any patient who applies for coverage, and insurers would still be banned from discriminating against people based on their health status. H.R. 1121 is a crucial safeguard to ensure that much-needed reforms to our broken healthcare system do not put those with pre-existing conditions at risk.