June 11, 2018

Manchin Asks West Virginians to Share Concerns About Elimination of Protections for Those With Pre-Existing Conditions

New Lawsuit threatens protections for those with pre-existing conditions

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) is asking West Virginians to share their stories about how the repeal of the current provision prohibiting insurance companies from denying healthcare coverage to people with pre-existing conditions would impact them and their families. An ongoing lawsuit, led by 20 U.S. Attorneys General which as of last Friday will no longer be defended by the U.S. Department of Justice, would allow insurance companies to once again deny coverage to West Virginians with pre-existing conditions.

West Virginians wishing to share their story about the importance of protecting access for those with pre-existing conditions can email them to healthcare@manchin.senate.gov. Senator Manchin will read your stories on the Senate Floor.

“Repealing the provision that requires insurance companies to cover Americans with pre-existing conditions will have detrimental impacts for families across West Virginia. I have always said that our nation’s current healthcare system is in need of repair. But every West Virginian deserves access to quality, affordable healthcare regardless of their health conditions. I will not stand by while we risk going back to a time when insurance companies could play God as they picked and chose those they wished to insure. That is why I want to hear from my fellow West Virginians about the importance of protecting healthcare access for those with pre-existing conditions,” Senator Manchin said.