House passes bipartisan bill to let Americans keep their health care plans

Online Staff Report

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., voted Nov. 15 in support of a bill that would allow insurers to continue offering health care plans previously canceled under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The bipartisan vote comes a day after President Barack Obama (D) announced his administration would seek a temporary solution to allow some plans to continue into 2014.

I’ve heard from moms and dads throughout the 16th District who are losing their plans and don’t know how they will provide health insurance for their families next year,” said Kinzinger. “The bill we passed today will give these families the opportunity to keep their plans, if they like them. It’s time President Obama started listening to the millions of Americans asking for relief from this law and work with Congress to provide a better solution for America’s families.”

The Keep Your Health Plan Act, H.R. 3350, passed the House 261-157, with 39 House Democrats joining Republicans to support the legislation. The bill would allow insurance companies to continue to offer health insurance plans canceled as a result of the ACA as long as the plans were in effect Jan. 1, 2013. Kinzinger was an original co-sponsor of H.R. 3350.

In recent weeks, millions of Americans across the country have received notices that their health care plans are being canceled, and reports show millions more are likely to face dropped coverage or higher costs next year. In addition, low enrollment numbers released this week and a still defective website have prompted lawmakers from both sides of the aisle to call for drastic changes to the health care law.

Posted Nov. 15, 2013

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