Governor Wants to See Mandatory Coverage for Those with Preexisting Conditions

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Governor Andy Beshear is pushing for a bill that would stop insurers’ from denying health care coverage to 1.8 million Kentuckians with preexisting conditions. The conditions include asthma, diabetes or cancer. 

Beshear is pressuring lawmakers to reexamine House Bill 21. If passed, the bill would align state laws with the Affordable Care Act and protect families needing health care, even if the federal law is overturned in court. 

The bill, sponsored by Rep. Patti Minter, D-Bowling Green, would also protect Kentuckians with preexisting conditions from inflated pricing and long waiting periods to receive coverage. 

38 House members have signed on to the bill. Beshear says he will continue to lead the state’s efforts to preserve access to affordable health care.

“I believe health care is a basic human right and that denying coverage based on preexisting conditions is wrong,” Beshear said.

“I am fighting with Rep. Minter because I understand the anxiety facing our families – three out of four of my family members have a preexisting condition. It is time for Kentucky to act with urgency and make sure all our families will be able to see a doctor and get treatment when they need it most.”