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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV), a member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), released the following statement reminding Nevadans to shop for and enroll in health insurance coverage during the current open enrollment period, which ends on December 15.
“I encourage all Nevadans to visit the Nevada Health Link website during this last week of open enrollment to sign up for quality, affordable health care and start the new year covered,” said Senator Rosen. “No issue is more important to families than protecting their access to health care. I’ll continue defending protections for Nevadans with pre-existing conditions while working to lower health care costs and stabilize our markets.”
BACKGROUND: Open enrollment occurs only once per year and individuals and families are encouraged to complete their applications to enroll in a Qualified Health Plan by December 15 in order to receive coverage beginning January 1st 2020. There are currently 225,000 uninsured Nevadans who are eligible for assistance through tax credits toward a Nevada Health Link exchange plan, or coverage with Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program.
In January, as one of her first actions in the Senate, Senator Rosen joined Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) in introducing a resolution that would authorize Senate Legal Counsel to intervene in Texas v. United States – a pending lawsuit in federal court, on behalf of the U.S. Senate, in order to defend the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act and its coverage protections for people with pre-existing conditions. Earlier this year, the Trump Administration filed a brief in this case calling for the courts to strike down the ACA in its entirety. Last Congress, then-Congresswoman Rosen introduced the same resolution in the House. Rosen’s House resolution was co-sponsored by the Ranking Members of all House committees of jurisdiction in addition to Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer. The resolution had nearly 190 co-sponsors by the end of the 115th Congress.
In March, Senator Rosen also helped introduce a resolution that would provide the sense of the Senate that the Justice Department should reverse its policy of refusing to defend the constitutionality of the ACA, including the law’s coverage protections for those with pre-existing conditions, in Texas v. United States.
In October, Rosen co-sponsored an amendment to this year’s appropriations bill that would prohibit the Department of Justice from using any funds for litigation relating to deeming the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional, invalid, unenforceable, or the individual mandate not being severable from the rest of the law.