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Pallone on CMS’s Rejection of Idaho’s Illegal Junk Plans

Mar 8, 2018
Press Release

Energy and Commerce Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) issued the following statement in response to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) rejecting Idaho’s proposal that would have permitted the sale of state based plans that fail to provide required consumer protections:

“I’m glad to see CMS enforced the law and rejected this outrageous and clearly illegal attempt by the State of Idaho to eliminate critical consumer protections in the Affordable Care Act, such as the protections for people with preexisting conditions.  Make no mistake, however, while this is the right decision, the Administration continues its many efforts to undermine the law and chip away at its protections, including by encouraging Idaho to sell junk plans in another way.  If the Trump Administration really wants to improve health care for Americans, they should stop their sabotage of the Affordable Care Act and work with us to reduce health care costs and improve overall access to care.”