April 10, 2019

Young Helps Introduce Protect Act to Ensure Protections for Americans with Pre-Existing Conditions

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Todd Young (R-Ind.) joined Senator Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) and 16 other Senators to introduce the Protect Act, legislation that protects Americans with pre-existing conditions, ensuring that Americans have the peace of mind knowing that they and their loved ones will never be denied health care coverage or be charged more because of a pre-existing condition.

“When it comes to healthcare, Hoosiers want freedom, choice, and flexibility. We also want to protect people with pre-existing conditions,” said Senator Young. “I’m joining Senator Tillis to introduce legislation that will help ensure patients with pre-existing conditions aren’t denied coverage.” 

The Protect Act amends the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) to:

  • Guarantee the availability of health insurance coverage in the individual or group market, regardless of pre-existing conditions.
  • Prohibit discrimination against patients based on health status – including prohibiting increased premiums for patients due to pre-existing conditions.
  • Prohibit insurance companies from excluding coverage of treatments for a beneficiary’s pre-existing condition.

Joining Senators Young and Tillis as co-sponsors of the Protect Act are Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-La.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), David Perdue (R-Ga.), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Rick Scott (R-Fla.), John Kennedy (R-La.), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), and Richard Burr (R-N.C.).

Read more about the Protect Act HERE.