Budd Introduces Bill to Expand Access to Affordable Health Insurance

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Washington, June 28, 2018 | comments
It’s a short, simple bill that would strengthen short term, limited duration health plans so people in our state and around the country would have a viable option for health insurance coverage that is free from Obamacare’s regulations - one of the main factors for increased prices.
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Washington D.C. -- U.S. Representative Ted Budd (R-NC) released the following statement after introducing H.R. 6261 - the Improving Choices in Health Care Act:

“One of the things I hear about most from my constituents is that their health insurance costs are continuing to go up. Year after year, North Carolinians have experienced premium increases, and it’s past due that we provide cheaper options.

“This is why, this morning, I introduced H.R. 6261 - the Improving Choices in Health Care Act. It’s a short, simple bill that would strengthen short term, limited duration health plans so people in our state and around the country would have a viable option for health insurance coverage that is free from Obamacare’s regulations - one of the main factors for increased prices. The Improving Choices in Health Care Act was introduced by Senator Barrasso from Wyoming back in March and I’m hoping many of my colleagues, both Republicans and Democrats, will support this legislation.

“I know how divisive the issue of health care has become, and I understand how far apart some of my constituents are in their ideas for what our healthcare system should look like. This bill isn’t meant to be an end-all-be-all or a permanent fix. However, in a time where premium increases have become a norm, this bill would provide cheaper options for those who want them.”

Representative Andy Harris, M.D. joined as an original cosponsor of this legislation.

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Last October, President Trump issued an Executive Order instructing HHS, the Department of Labor, and the Treasury to consider proposing regulations or revising guidance to promote healthcare choice and competition by expanding the availability of short-term, limited-duration insurance.

In March of this year, U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) introduced the Improving Choices in Health Care Coverage Act (S. 2507), which builds off of the administration’s Executive Order. The bill does two simple things.

  1. Defines short-term plans in law to allow a maximum coverage period of 364 days.  

  2. Makes the plans “guaranteed renewable” at the option of the applicant.

Representative Budd introduced the House companion bill, which will provide for a viable option for health insurance coverage that is free from Obamacare’s regulations - one of the main factors for increased prices.

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