FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
April 10th, 2019

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Dem-NPL Spearheads Legislation to Protect Pre-Existing Conditions

(BISMARCK, ND) – Today, the House Appropriations Committee approved an amendment to require insurance coverage for pre-existing conditions. The 12-9 vote added the requirement to SB 2010, which covers the Insurance Commissioner’s budget for the 2019-2021 biennium. Representative Rick Holman (D-Mayville) sponsored the amendment.

“Instead of campaigning on false promises that pre-existing conditions will always be covered, Democrats in the Legislature took real action.” said, Warren Larson, Chair of the North Dakota Democratic-NPL. “People with pre-existing conditions should always have access to the care they need, and I’m glad we were able to pass this common-sense amendment for North Dakotans.”

There are currently 316,000 people in North Dakota with pre-existing conditions. This amendment gives these North Dakotans peace of mind as the Department of Justice continues its reckless lawsuit that would eliminate the Affordable Care Act, including provisions that protect people with pre-existing conditions.