Menendez, Democrats Introduce Health Care Bill of Rights

Menendez, Democrats Introduce Health Care Bill of Rights

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez joined several of his colleagues today in introducing a new resolution supporting a "health care bill of rights" for all Americans. 

“If one thing was made certain last year, it’s that health care is a top priority for all Americans,” said Sen. Menendez. “Instead of working on improving the ACA, all Republicans have done is try to gut it without offering an alternative, stripping millions of their coverage. I’ll continue fighting to guarantee every single American receives the quality, affordable health care they are entitled to.”

In the lawsuit Texas v. United States, which is being heard in federal court today, the Trump administration is arguing for the courts to throw out the entire Affordable Care Act – a decision that would rip health care away from an estimated 20 million or more Americans. A decision undoing the ACA would also throw out the patient protections established by the law, including the right for patients with preexisting conditions to obtain coverage, the right for young adults to stay on their parents’ health care plans through age 26, and the right for women to obtain coverage without facing gender discrimination on pricing. The resolution supports keeping those patient protections as a “health care bill of rights” for all Americans.

Among other rights, the health care bill of rights supports Americans’:

  1. Right to coverage of essential health benefits with no annual or lifetime limits;
  2. Right to stay on a parent’s health care plan through age 26;
  3. Right to keep coverage after getting sick;
  4. Right to health insurance coverage regardless of preexisting conditions or health status;
  5. Right to free preventive services, such as cancer screenings and annual wellness exams;
  6. Right to mental health and substance abuse coverage; and
  7. Right to obtain health care and insurance coverage free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including sexual orientation and gender identity), age, disability, or documentation status.

Sen. Menendez was joiend by Senators Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.).

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