New Hampshire Senate votes to backstop Affordable Care Act
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The New Hampshire Senate on Wednesday passed a bill aimed at protecting consumers if the Affordable Care Act gets dismantled.
The bill, approved by a vote of 22-1, would restore many provisions of state law that were already in place before they were superseded by the President Barack Obama’s health care law, known as “Obamacare.” Supporters said it was important to ensure that people wouldn’t be denied coverage due to pre-existing conditions and that insurers would still be required to cover essential health benefits if the federal law gets struck down.
“I believe these insurance provisions are pretty popular,” said Sen. Jeb Bradley, R-Wolfeboro. “While there are many that would debate the Affordable Care Act, I think at least in New Hampshire, these provisions have been established in New Hampshire law, were superseded by the Affordable Care Act and should go back into New Hampshire law.”