JBE testifies for bill protecting insurance coverage

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John Bel Edwards testifies in favor of protecting pre-existing condition insurance coverage

BATON ROUGE, La. (KTAL/KMSS) Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards today testified before the House Insurance Committee in favor of a bill that would protect Louisianans if the Affordable Care Act is scrapped.

The bill, authored by state Rep. Chad Brown, prohibits insurance companies from dropping or refusing to cover people with pre-existing conditions, should the federal lawsuit seeking to invalidate the ACA be successful.

Edwards pointed out to the committee that although Louisiana’s attorney general has joined the lawsuit to scrap the ACA, LSU recently ran a survey in which 74 percent of people in Louisiana support the pre-existing condition mandate in the plan. He added if the ACA is thrown out, 480,000 Louisianans will immediately lose their health care.

Although he agreed the ACA “needs to be fixed,” and said he and a group of bipartisan governors have repeatedly pointed out ways to do that, 850,000 Louisianans have pre-existing conditions.

“We don’t want these people to get caught up in a struggle they had nothing to do with,” Edwards said.

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