Press Release

Blackburn Introduces Plan Verification and Fairness Act

Increases transparency and saves taxpayer dollars

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Washington, June 29, 2016 | Stefanie Wheeler (202-768-5721) | comments
Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) today introduced H.R. 5589, the Plan Verification and Fairness Act, legislation that would ensure proper verification is required prior to receiving healthcare coverage under exchange special enrollment periods (SEPs). Under current law, individuals aren’t required to prove that they qualify for these special enrollment periods (SEPs) before the plan takes effect, leading to higher costs for patients playing by the rules and risk imbalance within exchange markets. 
“Special enrollment periods have been abused, giving individuals presumptive eligibility instead of verified eligibility. Under Obamacare, a growing number of individuals have been signing up for health insurance under SEPs only to drop their coverage once they receive the needed medical services. We cannot continue to let this pattern go unchecked as it is driving up the cost of healthcare for all Americans. Our solution, The Plan Verification and Fairness Act, is a narrow, practical way that we can increase transparency within a broken system, save taxpayer dollars immediately and lower the cost of health insurance across the board,” Blackburn said.   
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