Merkley, Feinstein Join Landrieu Health Care Bill To Ensure Individuals Can Keep Health Plan if They Like It
WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., welcomed Sens. Dianne Feinstein, D-CA., and Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., as cosponsors of her Keeping the Affordable Care Act Promise Act. So far, five Senators have joined Sen. Landrieu in support of the bill. This legislation will keep the promise that was made when the Affordable Care Act was passed, that if you liked your health insurance, you could keep it.
Unlike other proposals in the House and Senate that either keep the promise for only one more year; allow new people onto grandfathered policies; and permit insurance companies to rescind coverage, drop young adults from their parents' plans and reinstate lifetime caps; Sen. Landrieu's bill is the only viable, serious bill that keeps the promise and strengthens the Affordable Care Act. It will also provide policyholders with information from their insurance company as to which parts of the policy do not meet minimum coverage standards made available in new plans, such as hospitalization, laboratory services and prenatal care. This will allow consumers to make informed decisions about their health plans. Learn more about the bill.
"With the support of Senators Feinstein and Merkley, momentum is building to ensure that individuals who like their health insurance can keep it. That was the promise we made when we passed the Affordable Care Act, and our growing chorus is saying that's a promise we should keep. Many individuals may find plans in the Marketplaces that offer improved coverage at a good value, but if they like their current plans, they should be able to keep them," Sen. Landrieu said. "The benefits of the Affordable Care Act are worth fighting for, and I'm very happy that a growing coalition supports this smart, targeted fix to strengthen the bill."
Sen. Landrieu's legislation will allow individuals to keep their current health plan at their choice as long as policyholders stay up-to-date with their payments. While many consumers may choose to purchase new plans once they learn of the additional benefits and value available through the new Marketplaces, they will be able to keep their current plan if they like it.