INDIANAPOLIS – Last week the Trump administration announced a new policy that would allow states to bypass health insurance coverage requirements, including coverage for pre-existing conditions. This is a detrimental step for Hoosier families.

“With this announcement, states like Indiana can now petition the federal government to subsidize insurance plans that deny coverage to people with pre-existing conditions,” Senate Democratic Leader Tim Lanane (D-Anderson) said. “This puts families at risk, and it’s the wrong thing to do. One in four Hoosiers already owes medical debt to collection agencies, they don’t need added financial stress.”

If Indiana moves to allow companies to offer policies that don’t cover pre-existing conditions, then Hoosiers with illnesses such as asthma, diabetes and cancer will find themselves with unaffordable health coverage or no options at all. Also at risk is coverage for maternity care, prescription drugs or treatment for mental illness or drug abuse. Any loss of insurance coverage for drug addiction treatment could specifically hit Hoosiers hard.

“Given the ongoing opioid crisis in Indiana, now is absolutely the wrong time to tell insurance companies they don’t have to cover treatment for drug addiction,” Senate Democratic Caucus Chair Karen Tallian (D-Ogden Dunes) said.

Every member of the Indiana Senate Democratic Caucus will support a proposal in the 2019 legislative session requiring insurance companies that operate in Indiana to cover pre-existing conditions. This will keep insurance companies from circumventing the coverage people in Indiana need the most. No Hoosier, no family, should ever face financial ruin due to a medical bill.

                                                                          ###

Sen. Lanane represents Indiana Senate District 25 which includes portions of Madison and Delaware counties, including the City of Muncie and the southeastern portion of the City of Anderson. For more information on Sen. Lanane, his legislative agenda or other State Senate business call 1-800-382-9467 or visit www.IN.gov/S25.

NOTE: A photo of Sen. Tim Lanane can be downloaded by clicking here.

Sen. Tallian represents Senate District 4 which encompasses portions of northern Porter County as well as portions of Michigan, Coolspring and New Durham townships in LaPorte County. For more information on Sen. Tallian, her legislative agenda or other State Senate business call 1-800-382-9467 or visit www.IN.gov/s4.

NOTE: A photo of Sen. Karen Tallian can be downloaded by clicking here.