The Obama administration has moved forward to implement provisions in the health-care law that would make it illegal for insurance companies to discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions, according to a U.S. Department of Health & Human Services press release (HHS).
"The Affordable Care Act is building a health insurance market that works for consumers," said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. "Thanks to the health care law, no one will be discriminated against because of a pre-existing condition."
The Obama administration issued a proposed rule that, beginning in 2014, would ban health-insurance companies from discriminating against individuals because of a pre-existing or chronic conditions. The administration has also issued a proposed regulation outlining policies and standards for coverage of essential health benefits while giving states more flexibility to implement the Affordable Care Act.