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Rep. Kuster and House Democrats Formally Unveil Bill to Make Health Care More Affordable and Accessible

Concord, NH — Today at a news conference, Rep. Annie Kuster and House Democrats, including Rep. Chris Pappas, formally introduced the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act,” a landmark bill to improve health care for Americans by building on key provisions in the Affordable Care Act. 


White-mountains-1904297_960_720As highlighted at today’s press conference, the bill will lower the costs of health insurance by offering increased financial assistance to more people and increasing funding for outreach for open enrollment. It will improve health care by incentivizing holdout states to expand Medicaid and by expanding Medicaid eligibility for mothers 12 months postpartum. New polling this week found that a bipartisan majority of Americans support these provisions of the bill and reject Trump’s lawsuit to overturn the ACA. The introduction of Democrats’ bill comes just one day before the Trump administration and Republican-led states will file briefs in support of their lawsuit to overturn the ACA and rip health care from 20 million Americans, a contrast that has already garnered significant attention. In response, Protect Our Care New Hampshire state director Jayme Simoes issued the following statement: 


“The bill unveiled by House Democrats today will lower costs, expand coverage, and strengthen protections for pre-existing conditions at a time when access to affordable health care has never been more critical. Democrats are improving Americans’ health care while 24 hours later, Donald Trump and Republicans will file briefs in their lawsuit to take health care away from 20 million Americans and protections away from 135 million people with a pre-existing condition. One side is trying to rip coverage away from millions of Americans in the midst of a public health crisis while the other is trying to make health care more accessible and affordable for the American people — the choice is clear.”