FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 22, 2017
CONTACT: Rep. Jim Steineke
Rep. Steineke Votes to Protect Wisconsinites with Pre-Existing Conditions
MADISON – Early this morning, Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke (R-Kaukauna) joined his Republican colleagues in a vote to protect healthcare coverage of Wisconsinites with pre-existing conditions. An amended version of Assembly Bill 365 passed the Wisconsin State Assembly on a party line vote of 62-35.
The amended bill provides protections for Wisconsinites with pre-existing conditions by barring insurance providers from increasing premiums or deductibles on those who have maintained continuing coverage. It also directs the Office of the Insurance Commissioner to develop a plan to help those with pre-existing conditions but who have not maintained continuing coverage. With the approval of the Joint Finance Committee, the Office of the Insurance Commissioner will expand affordable insurance options and increase portability of plans. Rep. Steineke made this statement on the passage of the bill:
“While last night’s session was a late one, the steps we took to keep moving Wisconsin forward made the ‘all-nighter’ well worth it. This bill will take necessary steps to ensure Wisconsinites with pre-existing conditions have access to quality and affordable healthcare options.
Protecting Wisconsinites with pre-existing conditions should have been a bipartisan issue. Unfortunately, Democrats were more interested in playing politics than protecting health insurance benefits.