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Affordable Care Act

State Law Can’t Adequately Protect People with Pre-existing Conditions

November 2, 2018 — Governor Walker promised on Thursday that he will protect insurance coverage for people with pre-existing health conditions by putting “the exact same language that’s in the Affordable Care Act” into state statutes. The Governor’s statement would be somewhat reassuring for health care advocates like myself if amending state statutes were a viable option for preserving the ACA’s protections for people who have ongoing medical conditions. However, in addition to the fact that the state Senate has shown no inclination to pass such legislation, there are several reasons why that strategy is not a workable alternative to the protections provided by the federal law.