DeLuca introduces bill that would guarantee ACA benefits remain available to Pennsylvanians

HARRISBURG, May 27 – State Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, on Tuesday introduced legislation that would guarantee Pennsylvanians have a host of essential health benefits at their disposal in the event the Affordable Care Act is repealed.

“These are critical benefits Pennsylvanians need and currently have, thanks to the Affordable Care Act,” DeLuca said. “However, even in the midst of a pandemic, a federal lawsuit seeking to rule the ACA unconstitutional continues. Residents need these benefits now more than ever, and this bill would ensure all Pennsylvanians have access to the critical coverage they need.”

DeLuca said that just like the ACA, his legislation, H.B. 2558, would allow Pennsylvanians to enroll in quality health insurance that provides for 10 essential health benefits, and would prohibit health insurers from placing arbitrary dollar limits on those benefits.

In addition, DeLuca said H.B. 2558 would protect Pennsylvanians by allowing young adults to stay on a parent’s policy until age 26, and by prohibiting health insurers from discriminating against individuals with a pre-existing condition.

DeLuca said he hopes H.B. 2558 will be considered in the full House in the near future.