Hawaii Gov. David Ige signed into law last week a bill that ensures Affordable Care Act (ACA) benefits for residents of Hawaii.
The benefits protected include extending the coverage age to 26-years old, coverage for individuals with pre-existing conditions and prohibiting the determination of premiums or contributions by using gender.
Senate Bill 2340 reads, in part:
“The current Presidential administration campaigned on a promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and certain members of Congress have supported that approach, which could have widespread and devastating ramifications. The Urban Institute has estimated that repealing the Affordable Care Act without an adequate replacement plan that ensures affordable coverage would take health insurance coverage away from 29,800,000 people nationwide by 2019, more than doubling the total number of uninsured to 58,700,000.”
To view the full bill, click here.
For the story by Hawaii News Now, click here.