Karla Eslinger announces support for a Constitutional Amendment to protect Missourians with pre-existing conditions

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

State Senator-elect Karla Eslinger, announced support for amending the Missouri Constitution to require insurance companies to cover Missourians with pre-existing conditions regardless of what happens to the Affordable Care Act at the federal level.Eslinger was elected Tuesday to represent Missouri’s 33rd Senate district, which covers Webster, Ozark, Douglas, Wright, Howell, Texas, Oregon and Ripley counties. Eslinger said, “One of my top priorities in the legislature will be making health care more affordable and accessible for all Missourians. Protecting those with pre-existing conditions is a major component of my healthcare plan. Missouri has one of the highest rates in the country of adults with pre-existing conditions, and we deserve to know that our health care will be protected regardless of what happens in Washington.” Eslinger also announced she would support legislation to require immediate protection for Missourians with pre-existing conditions until the Constitutional Amendment can be voted on. Eslinger continued, “It would be devastating to Missouri families if the federal law changed and left those with pre-existing conditions in limbo. In just a few months the costs of medical bills and prescription drugs would bankrupt most families. This statute would provide a stopgap until Missourians can vote on a constitutional amendment that would protect families from special interest or meddlesome government bureaucrats.”

Karla Eslinger’s Amendment would do the following:

● Amend Missouri’s Constitution to prohibit application of pre-existing condition exclusions in the individual and group market, contingent on legislative or judicial action repealing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

● Protect more than two million Missourians with pre-existing conditions

● Prevent insurance companies from charging over 1000% surcharges for people with pre-existing conditions.

● Prevent premiums as much as 50 percent higher for depression and 100 percent for breast cancer.

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