Thursday, July 16, 2009
House Democrats want to guarantee people with pre-existing health conditions faster access to insurance coverage.
Democrats on the Education and Labor Committee passed the amendment as they got to work Thursday on their portion of a sweeping health overhaul bill.
The underlying bill has provisions that would take effect in 2013 to stop insurance companies from denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions. The amendment accepted by the committee would move up the implementation date for group plans to six months from when the bill takes effect.
It was one of about 50 amendments before the committee, which plans to meet throughout the day in an effort to complete work on its portion of the bill by day's end.