Health Care and Pre-Existing Conditions
Covering Pre-existing Medical Conditions:
Keith, a cancer survivor himself, is 100% committed to ensuring Americans with pre-existing medical conditions have access to affordable health insurance.
In fact, Keith voted to ensure:
- Insurance companies are prohibited from denying or not renewing coverage due to a pre-existing condition. Period.
- Insurance companies are banned from rescinding coverage based on a pre-existing condition. Period.
- Insurance companies are banned from excluding benefits based on a pre-existing condition. Period.
- Insurance companies are prevented from raising premiums on individuals with pre-existing conditions who maintain continuous coverage. Period.
- Keith voted for legislation that provides $138 billion dollars to ensure the availability of affordable insurance, including for those with a pre-existing medical condition. The Congressional Budget Office reported this legislation would lower premiums, and unlike the Affordable Care Act, the legislation did not punish people with tax penalties if they did not purchase a government-mandated plan that they could not afford.
Medicare and Health Care
Keith’s bipartisan law restored to seniors their right to change Medicare Advantage plans during the year, a right the Affordable Care Act had taken away. Keith also supported passage of the 21st Century Cures Act because he knows the importance of finding cures for Alzheimer’s, cancer and other diseases, and he voted for the Right to Try Act, to give terminally ill patients another chance at life.
Keith is active with the House’s Bipartisan Heroin Task Force, has advocated for increased funding for treatment programs and passed legislation promoting naloxone, the life-saving overdose antidote. Keith’s legislation, now law, also tripled the funding authorization for a Department of Justice program that supports our local communities in dealing with the opioid crisis.