August 1, 2018/Press Release

Josh Hawley and the Administration Are Still Working to Sabotage Health Care for Missourians Who Need it

COLUMBIA, Mo. — According to a report from the Washington Post, the Administration today issued new health insurance rules encouraging Americans to purchase plans that can “charge higher prices to customers with medical conditions that require care, deny them coverage, or avoid covering health problems that a customer had before buying the insurance.” This latest attempt to sabotage health care — particularly for those with pre-existing conditions — has “elicited a wall of opposition from the health insurance industry, hospitals and patient advocacy groups.”

Health insurance coverage for Missourians with pre-existing conditions is already at risk thanks to a lawsuit filed by Attorney General Josh Hawley, which would end protections currently in place for those individuals. Missouri has one of the highest rates of adults with pre-existing conditions, and if the lawsuit filed by Hawley and 19 other Republican attorneys general is successful, Missourians are among those who would suffer most.

“Josh Hawley is already actively engaged in a lawsuit that would strip health insurance protections from Missourians with pre-existing conditions, and now the Administration is taking additional action to support his efforts. Hawley has made it clear that he will always put loyalty to insurance companies and a reckless agenda that would kick millions off their health insurance ahead of what’s best for Missourians.”

Missouri Democratic Party Deputy Communications Director Brooke Goren