643,000 Ohio children with pre-existing conditions can no longer be denied coverage due to health law

Senator continues to stand by Delphi retirees and pursue solutions to lost benefits
MCT Regional News
Dec 16, 2013

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) has released figures highlighting the number of children in Ohio with pre-existing conditions who, thanks to the health law, will be protected from discrimination based on their health.

“There are more than 643,000 Ohio children with pre-existing conditions whose families no longer have to fear that their insurance coverage could be terminated or denied altogether,” Brown said. “We must do everything we can to protect our children and ensure that they are healthy. We cannot go back to the days where a child with cancer, asthma, or diabetes could be discriminated against by insurance companies trying to maintain a higher profit margin.”

Because of the health law, since 2010 insurance companies have been prohibited from denying health coverage for the up to 17 million children — including up to 643,000 in Ohio — with pre-existing conditions such as cancer, asthma, or diabetes. Starting in 2014, insurance companies will also no longer be able to deny coverage for adults or charge anyone higher premiums based on health status or history.

In another matter, Brown, a member of the Senate Finance Committee, introduced an amendment to the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) that would extend the Health Coverage Tax Credit (HCTC) one year for Delphi salaried retirees.

This important tax credit would help the Delphi workers afford health coverage after losing much of their pensions and benefits. He was joined by U.S. Sens. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI).

“While the HCTC is no substitute for a job, this is a fair extension of health care tax credits for workers who lose their jobs or retirees who lost their benefits due to no fault of their own,” Brown said. “The HCTC would ensure that the loss of their benefits doesn’t mean the loss of their health coverage.”

Without Congressional action, the HCTC will expire at the end of 2013. The HCTC helps trade-affected workers; select groups of retirees, like Delphi salaried retirees; and their families purchase private health coverage to replace the employer-sponsored coverage they lost. It currently makes health insurance coverage more affordable by providing a 72.5 percent tax credit to eligible workers. Today’s amendment would extend the tax credit at the same rate for an additional year.

In August, Brown introduced a bill with Rockefeller and U.S. Sens. Joe Donnelly (D-IN) and Mazie Hirono (D-HI) to expand and permanently extend the HCTC for Delphi salaried retirees as a part of the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program. The Health Care Coverage for Displaced Works Act would permanently extend the HCTC so that it no longer requires constant reauthorization, and expand the HCTC to 80 percent, a nearly ten percent increase from the current rate.

In April 2013, Brown announced that the Department of the Treasury agreed to meet with the Delphi Salaried Retirees Association (DSRA). This announcement came on the heels of Brown’s efforts to push the Obama Administration to meet with the Delphi salaried retirees and to pursue efforts that would restore the retirees’ pensions and benefits.

In September 2012, Brown and U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan (OH-13) introduced legislation that would restore the full pensions of Delphi retirees. The bill would transfer certain proceeds from the sale of government stock of General Motors to a fund at the U.S. Treasury Department that would supplement payment to the Delphi retirees. Earlier this year, Ryan introduced a companion bill in the House of Representatives that would continue HCTC for Delphi Retirees.  

Comments

deertracker

No comments? Anyone?

rbenn

still defending this train wreck I see.

Contango

Having health ins. does not guarantee services.

Two TOTALLY different topics.

Something which legislative happy politicos don't want their bought & paid for constituents to understand.

Sen. Brown will next put forth legislation to lessen the effects of gravity in order to help the weight challenged and the disabled better cope.

Warped

Ron White said it perfectly, "You can fix stupid!" I think that pretty much sums up mister Brown.

Truth2u

All children were covered, just not by an insurance plan. Its illegal for a hospital to refuse treatment, the person may be transferred but they would be treated, just another lie from the liar in chief so he could pass his Marxist program.

Strange how the article didn't mention the 55 million who are loosing their health care. And why are the Unions who demanded it be passed are now squealing like pigs since they are going to be hurt from it. Strange how Marxist Reid who pushed this bill exempted his entire staff.

Obamacare is good for everyone except those in office, even the liar in chief when asked if we could have HIS health care he said NO! Do a study on the history of the guillotine, maybe we need it here.

truckin

The dirty little words used:
"Good for the people"= Everyone.. BUT the ruling class
"millionaires and billionaires"= Anyone doing well for themselves, by themselves..in any class.

MiddleRight

Just because they can "No longer be denied coverage" doesn't mean that they ever were.
I bet an annual salary with Mr. Brown that he can't show 643,000 children in the entire country that were denied coverage becuase of pre-existing conditions, let alone Ohio. I'll even give him up to age 25 or 30 or whatever it is now that parents have to carry their children.

Dr. Information

Great piece on fox news. A commentator asked if Obamacare wasn't put into place, what will all these people that have went to the ER without insurance do now? The response, by a female cohost said, uh duhhhhh, still go to the ER without insurance.

While the thought of everyone being covered is nice, its unrealistic. Many people just cannot afford health insurance. Without federal tax dollars funding this mess, its just another botched bill that was passed loaded with uncertainty and fat.

Contango

Re: "go to the ER without insurance."

It's been estimated that approx. 30% of drivers in states like CA & TX have no auto ins.

The uninsured will ALWAYS be an issue, regardless what kind of 'feel good' legislation the pointy-headed academics pass.

rogerthat

Amazing! Not only quoting Fox news but calling it a great piece!

truckin

Well how would you answer the question if you were asked?
I think the fox co-host answered perfectly.
See, not everything requires a long, drawn-out, complicated answer.
Remember..quote.. Really, Really smart people make things simple.. Liberals make things complicated, so they can seem smart

Contango

Re: "Liberals make things complicated, so they can seem smart"

Reminds me:

"If you can't dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bull."

- W. C. Fields

FNC is 'one' news outlet. Hard to believe that the progressives are so scared of it.

methodman

People who can't afford insurance are either covered by medicaid or they're probably not gonna be able to pay their bill. When a person can't pay for a service already performed it would be chalked up as a loss. The only way to cover that loss is to charge the paying customers more. So if you have insurance its gonna increase or they could expand medicare and you pay for the "uninsured" that way. No winning for regular folks in this one. I believe people should be made to have insurance. No sense having cable TV or a smartphone if you "can't afford" to cover your butt with some insurance. Law makes you cover your cars and home but, its not okay to make a person responsible for their own health.At the same time its gonna be real hard to throw people in jail for no insurance. Fine them? Haha. Better build a bunch more prisons to house the uninsured. Statisicbrain.com/ uninsured motorists statistics.

rogerthat

Fox News has been thoroughly discredited and still the sheep continue to watch and believe. The Fields quote is very appropriate.

rbenn

So tell us oh enlightened one, which news do you watch? The same ones that have tingles up their legs for the liar and chief? The same ones that have unions forking over tons of money to be the mouthpiece for them, the same ones that defend obamas lying, the same ones that throw the race card every time they can, the same ones edit video to ruffle the feathers of the sheeple? So which is it?

rogerthat

I look at all sources. The stuff on TV is all show biz, appealing to its own niche. CNN & MSNBC don't often report real news and Fox has been proven to just make stuff up, pretty much every day. Sometimes they even retract or correct but you can't unring the bell, as they say. Look around, there's lots of alternatives.