Senator Markey Joins Senators Baldwin and Murphy in Urging Biden Administration to Limit Availability of Junk Overall health Care Options

Junk programs can deny protection to people with pre-current disorders and really don’t have to go over necessary expert services like maternity treatment, prescription prescription drugs, substance use dysfunction cure and unexpected emergency place treatment

Text of the Letter (PDF)

Washington (February 22, 2023) – Nowadays, Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) joined 32 colleagues, led by Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), in a letter urging the Section of Well being and Human Companies (HHS) to consider immediate motion and address short-time period constrained duration insurance policies (STLDI) plans, or junk options, which fall short to give suitable, comprehensive overall health insurance plan protection.

In 2018, in an work to sabotage the Inexpensive Care Act (ACA), the Trump Administration manufactured junk plans more extensively available to shoppers. Due to the fact then, these designs have ongoing to grow. Even so, they are not expected to adhere to significant requirements, which includes prohibitions on discrimination towards men and women with pre-existing problems, protection for the ten crucial overall health advantage (EHB) types, and once-a-year out-of-pocket maximums.

“Now, a lot more than at any time, the Section of Health and fitness and Human Products and services need to act. Beginning in April, hundreds of thousands of Us residents will likely lose the Medicaid coverage that they have relied upon all through the COVID-19 pandemic. We need to secure those people who will be seeking for protection in the in close proximity to future, and consider measures to assure that these programs are not permitted to additional proliferate,” wrote the senators. “It is previous time for your Section to action up and handle the growth and proliferation of junk strategies.”

In February 2022, Senators Baldwin and Murphy led a letter to the Biden Administration urging them to act immediately to limit STLDI strategies. In July 2021, Senators Baldwin and Murphy penned an op-ed in Overall health Affairs calling on President Biden to close the wellness treatment sabotage of the previous administration and get a lot more Individuals enrolled in superior-good quality, very affordable, wellbeing insurance policy. Thanks to the Baldwin-backed American Rescue Approach and the Inflation Reduction Act, complete coverage by the ACA marketplace is far more very affordable. Both bills expanded quality tax credits for minimal-and middle-profits Wisconsinites and reduced health insurance policies premiums for doing work family members, lowering health treatment charges for Wisconsin households and increasing accessibility to cost-effective wellbeing care for thousands and thousands of People.

During the 117th Congress, Senator Baldwin launched the Junk Program Accountability and Disclosure Act to guard consumers from becoming misled into enrolling in junk strategies that fall short to provide complete protection. Additionally, Senator Baldwin released the No Junk Options Act to totally overturn the Trump-period rule growing junk wellness insurance policies programs. In the former administration, Senator Baldwin led letters to HHS and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Products and services to limit the use of the junk programs.

In addition to Senators Markey, Baldwin and Murphy, the letter was signed by Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Bob Casey (D-Pa.), Christopher Coons (D-Del.), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-N.V.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Sick.), Richard Durbin (D-Ill.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), John Hickenlooper (D-Colo.), Timothy Kaine (D-Va.), Angus King (I-Maine), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Patty Murray (D-Clean.), Alex Padilla (D-Calif.), Gary Peters (D-Mich.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Mark Warner (D-Va.), Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Peter Welch (D-Vt.).

Whole text of the letter can be found listed here

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