November 20, 2018

DEBATE FACT CHECK: Hyde-Smith Voted Against Protecting 1.3 Million Mississippians with Preexisting Conditions  

Cindy Hyde-Smith claims she has never voted for legislation that would undo protections for Mississippians with preexisting conditions, but she voted against a measure that would have stopped insurers from selling “junk” plans that allow them to do just that. Check the facts for yourself:

Hyde-Smith Voted Against Preventing The Expansion Of “Junk” Insurance Plans That Don’t Have To Cover Pre-Existing Conditions. “In a press huddle on Nov. 1, U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith said she had not cast ‘a single vote’ to allow health-insurance companies to sell plans that discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions, but the Republican incumbent cast a vote last month that did just that. On Oct. 10, she voted against Senate Joint Resolution 63, which would have prevented the Trump administration from allowing insurers to sell short-term insurance plans for more than three months. Those plans, referred to as ‘junk insurance’ by detractors, can charge people with pre-existing conditions higher premiums, discriminate based on gender, impose lifetime limits, and even cancel coverage for people who get sick after enrolling.” [Jackson Free Press, 11/5/18]

  • Hyde-Smith Voted Against The Measure On 10/10/18. [S.J.Res. 63, 115th Congress, Vote #226, 10/10/18]

Los Angeles Times: Expanding Short-Term Junk Plans “Risks Driving Up Costs For Americans With Pre-Existing Medical Conditions Who Need More Comprehensive Benefits.” “Expanding short-term plans also risks driving up costs for Americans with preexisting medical conditions who need more comprehensive benefits. A central goal of the 2010 healthcare law, often called Obamacare, was to guarantee coverage to Americans even if they were sick, and end the longstanding practice by health insurers of charging higher premiums to consumers with preexisting conditions. An important tool in assuring equal treatment for all consumers was mandating that health plans cover a basic set of benefits, including prescription drugs, mental health services and maternity care. Most patient advocates believe short-term plans undermine those key protections.” [Los Angeles Times, 8/1/18]