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Sen. Rockefeller's Health Bill Would Ban Coverage Exclusions for Pre-existing Conditions

Individuals and small businesses would have greater access to health insurance under a bill introduced by Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.). The Pre-Existing Conditions Exclusion Patient...
October 30, 2007

Individuals and small businesses would have greater access to health insurance under a bill introduced by Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.). The Pre-Existing Conditions Exclusion Patient Protection Act of 2007 (S. 2236) amends provisions in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) that currently allows patients to be denied health insurance coverage. 

The Rockefeller legislation would extend the protections of HIPAA that already cover group policies to individuals and small businesses, which often find it difficult or impossible to attain health coverage when someone has a pre-existing condition. Often, insurers will either refuse to issue policies, or will charge so much for the policies when a person has a pre-existing condition that it is simply unaffordable.

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