On Monday Senate Minority Leader Tim Lanane (D-Anderson) filed a proposal to protect Hoosiers from losing affordable health coverage due to pre-existing conditions. This weekend, a federal judge ruled the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional. If upheld, thousands of Hoosiers with pre-existing conditions would either be denied coverage or charged exorbitant rates for health insurance. Sen. Lanane’s proposal, which will be co-authored by all members of the Indiana Senate Democratic Caucus, would protect these individuals.

“The court’s decision shows we must do more to protect Hoosiers from losing access to affordable health care, including coverage for pre-existing conditions.

“I’ve been working on the language for this bill for months because of the constant attempts from the federal government to take health coverage away from sick Americans. I also knew this was a real possibility since our own Indiana Attorney General Hill participated in this lawsuit to take health care away from the very people that voted for him, and because Governor Holcomb also supported efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

“My fellow caucus members and I understand the real hardship Hoosiers would face if they lost insurance coverage for pre-existing conditions, and we are prepared to fight. We also welcome the governor’s support for our proposal which would counteract the negative impacts of such a repeal.

“No person should face financial ruin because of a medical bill.”