WASHINGTON, D.C., September 14, 2018 — Today, four patient groups issued the following statement regarding the Congressional Review Act resolution introduced by Representative Kathy Castor (D-FL). The resolution is a companion measure to one introduced by Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) in August:

“On behalf of millions of Americans with pre-existing conditions, we applaud Representative Kathy Castor (D-FL) for moving to disapprove of the recently finalized rule allowing for the extension and expansion of short-term health plans.

“Short-term plans do not cover pre-existing conditions or essential health benefits, and they put patients at risk for paying huge medical bills or going without critical care. By allowing short-term plans to be renewed for up to 36 months and sold alongside ACA-compliant health insurance plans, the rule would drive prices up for those in the individual marketplace who need adequate coverage

“We strongly opposed the short-term rule when it was introduced earlier this year and were deeply disappointed when the Administration finalized it in August without addressing our concerns.

"We urge Congress to support this resolution, stop the short-term rule, and take further steps to stabilize the individual insurance marketplaces. Patients with serious and life-threatening conditions cannot afford to wait.”


American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network

American Heart Association

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society


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