Portman Joins GOP Senators in Introducing the Protect Act to Ensure Protections and Affordable Coverage For Americans With Pre-Existing Conditions

April 10, 2019 | Press Releases

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) joined Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Senate Republicans today in introducing the Protect Act, legislation that protects Americans with pre-existing conditions and ensures that they will never be denied health care coverage or be charged more because of a pre-existing condition.


“No American family should ever have to worry that they will be denied health care coverage because of a pre-existing condition,” said Senator Portman.  “This is a promise to the American people and I will continue to support this principle and fight to ensure it remains the law of the land.”


NOTE: Joining Senators Tillis and Portman as co-sponsors of the Protect Act are Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), David Perdue (R-GA), Joni Ernst (R-IA), John Cornyn (R-TX), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Roger Wicker (R-MS), and Shelly Moore Capito (R-WV).


The Protect Act amends the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) to (1) guarantee the availability of health insurance coverage in the individual or group market, regardless of pre-existing conditions; (2) prohibit discrimination against patients based on health status – including prohibiting increased premiums for patients due to pre-existing conditions; and (3) prohibit insurance companies from excluding coverage of treatments for a beneficiary’s pre-existing condition.