The Hill: GOP fast tracks bill to fortify ObamaCare’s high-risk pools

By Elise Viebeck – 04/16/13 10:14 AM ET

House Republicans are moving quickly on a new bill to strengthen ObamaCare’s temporary insurance plan for people with pre-existing conditions. 

The Helping Sick Americans Now Act (H.R. 1549) was introduced late Monday and is scheduled for a mark-up Wednesday in the House Energy and Commerce Committee. 

The measure seeks to shore up the Pre-Existing Conditions Insurance Plan (PCIP), a struggling program designed to offer insurance to vulnerable patients while the Affordable Care Act is fully implemented.

 

The Obama administration announced earlier this year that it would suspend enrollment in the PCIP, citing cost concerns. 

GOP lawmakers have since mounted a push to transfer money from the law’s public and preventive health fund — disparaged as a “slush” fund by Republicans — to reopen the PCIP’s enrollment. 

The new measure follows a letter from House GOP leaders to President Obama asking him to make that move without congressional action.

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