California Healthline: White House Issues Veto Warning on GOP Bill To Extend High-Risk Pools

On Tuesday, the White House issued a Statement of Administration Policy warning that President Obama would veto a House Republican bill (HR 1549) that would shift funds under the Affordable Care Act to sustain the ACA’s temporary high-risk insurance pool program through the end of the year if it reaches his desk, AP/U-T San Diego reports.

The House is set to vote on the bill Wednesday (Lederman, AP/U-T San Diego, 4/23).

Background

The Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan was designed to help sick U.S. residents gain coverage ahead of January 2014, when the ACA’s ban on denying individuals coverage because of pre-existing conditions is set to take effect.

In February, the Obama administration announced several cost-savings reforms intended to prevent the program from running out of money. HHS then announced that it was halting enrollment in the pools because there were only enough funds to cover current enrollees.

Last week, Republican leaders on the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health introduced HR 1549, citing Obama’s failure to respond to a House GOP leadership request to transfer funding from other ACA programs without congressional action.

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