Congresswoman Elaine Luria Votes to Protect Virginians with Pre-Existing Conditions

January 9, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today voted for a House resolution to protect Virginians’ health care by strengthening congressional authority to intervene against a lawsuit (Texas v. U.S.) that seeks to strike down the Affordable Care Act, including Virginia’s Medicaid expansion and protections for all Virginians with pre-existing conditions.

“Congress should do everything it can to protect Virginia’s historic Medicaid expansion and overall access to affordable health care,” Congresswoman Luria said. “Our focus should be lowering health care costs and the price of prescription drugs – not gutting protections for people with pre-existing conditions.”

In December, a federal district court judge in Texas issued a decision that – if upheld – would strike down the entirety of the Affordable Care Act, including:

  • Protections for people with pre-existing conditions;
  • The ban on lifetime and annual limits on health coverage;
  • Medicaid expansion in Virginia – providing access to health care to nearly 400,000 Virginians – along with 35 other states, and Washington, DC;
  • Health insurance affordability tax credits;
  • Bans on discriminatory insurance practices that force women to pay more for coverage;
  • Young adults’ ability to remain on their parents’ insurance until age 26, and more.

Today’s resolution affirms the House Counsel’s authorization to intervene as a party in the lawsuit, asserting the House’s authority to defend legislation it has passed and enacted into law.