Fitzpatrick, Heck Introduce Replacement Health Care Legislation

May 25, 2013 Issues: Health

LANGHORNE, PA - In an effort to provide businesses and families with greater certainty regarding the implementation of the President’s healthcare law, Congressmen Joe Heck (NV-3) and Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) introduced legislation today that would maintain several popular consumer protections in the law in the event of a full repeal of the healthcare bill.

"The health care law is the law of the land, but there are still many issues surrounding the law's cost, implementation, and enforcement that give me reason to believe the law could still be targeted for a repeal," Rep. Heck said. "In the event of repeal, we must ensure that the important consumer protections and options for individuals without insurance in the law are maintained and this legislation does that.

As the health care debate continues both Heck and Fitzpatrick agree that while there are some good portions of the law that should remain in place, the law itself should be replaced with more common sense, patient-centered reforms that will actually decrease costs and increase access to care.

“This bill gives us a practical way to keep the popular parts of the Affordable Care Act while Congress finds a solution to fix the unpopular parts that have many Americans deeply concerned," said Fitzpatrick.

The Heck/Fitzpatrick bill would keep in place the following provisions in the event of a full repeal of the health care law:

  • Provide individuals with pre-existing conditions the opportunity to purchase affordable health insurance coverage,
  • Give Americans who currently have health insurance the guaranteed ability to renew policies that work best for them,
  • Place prohibitions on rescissions to ensure that patients who have paid their premiums can count on their policy coming through when they get sick,
  • Establish a limited grant program to give states the ability to work with insurers to develop targeted solutions to address the needs of high-risk populations, and
  • Give families flexibility by extending dependent coverage to age 26, with reasonable limitations to prevent abuse.

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Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick is serving his third term in the U.S. House of Representatives. He represents Pennsylvania’s 8th district which includes all of Bucks County as well as a portion of Montgomery County. He serves as the Vice Chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. Congressman Joe Heck represents Nevada’s 3rd district.