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House Passes Legislation Aiming to Shore Up Health Law and Lower Drug Costs

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'The House passed a suite of health care bills that tied shoring up the Affordable Care Act to lowering drug prices, as Democrats tried to hold Republicans to their campaign promises to secure coverage for pre-existing medical conditions and rein in the cost of prescription medicine.  But the GOP  called  it  “a bailout” for the health law and instead introduced a Republican bill that included only the drug-pricing measures, plus an extension of funding for community health centers and the National Health Service Corps. '

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"The vote was 234 to 183, with five Republicans siding with the majority. One bill would restore $100 million in funding the Trump administration had cut for "navigator" groups that help people sign up for insurance through the Affordable Care Act's online exchanges. Another would reverse a Trump administration rule that expanded the sale of short-term health insurance plans that often cost less than Obamacare plans but do not have to meet the same requirements, including covering pre-existing conditions and "essential health benefits" such as maternity care and prescription drugs."

"The bills would also provide money for states to create their own online marketplaces where people can buy health coverage under the law. Currently, all but 11 states and the District of Columbia rely on the federal marketplace, But state-based marketplaces have generally offered a greater choice of insurers and lower premiums."

"The bills came a week after the House passed another measure pushing back on President Trump's efforts to weaken the Affordable Care Act; in all, Democrats are planning to pass a dozen bills meant to strengthen the law this month as part of a campaign to keep Republicans on the defensive on health care before the 2020 election."

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