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ICYMI: The Atlantic: Tillis Proposal Contains “Huge Loopholes that Undermine” Protections for Pre-Ex

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September 29, 2020

ICYMI: The Atlantic: Tillis Proposal Contains “Huge Loopholes that Undermine” Protections for Pre-Existing Conditions


Raleigh, N.C. - Today, The Atlantic detailed how the proposal Thom Tillis touts as evidence that he supports keeping in place protections for pre-existing conditions contains huge loopholes that undermine that promise.”


Amongst other flaws, “it allows insurers to limit the benefits provided in such coverage, which could exclude the treatments a patient needs.” It also removes limits on out-of-pocket costs and the ban on annual and lifetime benefits caps, “which means those with substantial health problems could easily generate bills that exceed their coverage.”


“Thom Tillis is lying when he says he would protect pre-existing conditions. The truth is that his legislation is actually a massive gift to the insurance industry that funds his campaign,” said Piedmont Rising Executive Director Casey Wilkinson. “Tillis would allow insurers to severely limit coverage for the 1.7 million North Carolinians with pre-existing conditions all while removing limits on out-of-pocket costs. Tillis’ bill would cause North Carolinians to lose their coverage, swamping them in unsustainable medical debt they’ll never be able to pay. Tillis’s failure to protect North Carolinians’ health care is why he must be defeated this November.”


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