House votes to block Trump's eased health coverage rules

WASHINGTON — The Democratic-controlled House has voted to prevent the Trump administration from easing health care coverage rules required by President Barack Obama's health care law.

Under guidance the administration issued last year, states might allow insurers to offer low-cost, low-coverage policies that could deny coverage for people with pre-existing medical conditions. Democrats say that by blocking that language, Thursday's bill would protect patients with pre-existing conditions.

Republicans and administration officials say they're committed to protecting people with pre-existing medical problems and say the guidance did not erode those protections. That fight was a major issue during last year's elections, when Democrats captured House control.

The legislation is mostly about positioning for 2020 elections. It has no chance of clearing the Republican-led Senate or getting President Donald Trump's signature.

Must Read

Japan's economy slows to snail's pace as exports falter

Aug 15, 2016

Japan's economy slows in the April-June quarter, as weaker exports and business investment weigh on the faltering recovery of the world's third-largest economy

Bolt advances, Russian qualifies and an engagement at track

Aug 17, 2016

The midpoint of the nine-day track and field program at Olympic Stadium was a day for diamond rings and making friends, a rare Russian hello and a surprising Brazilian farewell

Global stocks dip ahead of release of Fed minutes

Aug 17, 2016

Global stocks and the price of oil dipped Wednesday as investors awaited the release of the minutes to the Federal Reserve's latest meeting for hints on when the next interest rate increase might come

Search

Obserworld delivers the most accurate and up-to-date world news for the global audience with a thorough research and in-depth interviews. Discover the world through Obserworld.

Contact us: sales[at]obserworld.com