DeLuca applauds U.S. Supreme Court for upholding ACA

HARRISBURG, June 17 – While the U.S. Supreme Court today rejected the latest legal challenge to the Affordable Care Act, state Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, is continuing his push for legislation that would protect Pennsylvanians’ insurance coverage should the ACA ever be declared unconstitutional.

“I commend the Supreme Court for its wise decision in leaving the entire law intact,” said DeLuca, who is Democratic chairman of the PA House Insurance Committee. “The justices’ decision today saves health insurance coverage for millions of Americans.”

The ACA protections include pre-existing conditions, no-cost preventative services and the expansion of the Medicaid program.

DeLuca is urging lawmakers to consider H.B. 315 to make sure that Pennsylvania never goes backward in terms of health coverage.

“With major legal attacks on the constitutionality of the ACA continuing, we must ensure Pennsylvanians will continue to be protected should the law ever be declared unconstitutional,” DeLuca said. “My legislation would put the federal essential health benefits into state law, so Pennsylvanians won’t lose healthcare coverage they deserve and suffer financially from paying out of pocket for services that were once covered.”

House Bill 315 has been referred to the House Insurance Committee.