Sununu To Sign Bill To Protect Health Coverage for Those With Pre-existing Conditions

Jul 9, 2019

Protections for health insurance coverage for Granite Staters with pre-existing conditions will be enshrined in state law when Senate Bill 4 is signed.
Credit Ali Oshinskie / NHPR

A key portion of the federal Affordable Care Act that gives protection to people with pre-existing conditions will soon be enshrined in New Hampshire state law.


Republican Governor Chris Sununu said Tuesday he intends to the sign the bill authored by Senate Democrats.


Sununu's statement comes on the day that lawyers in a federal case that could overturn the Affordable Care Act hold oral arguments.


A spokesman for Sununu said the governor has a history of supporting protections for pre-existing conditions. One example he cited was support for a federal bill designed to ensure continued coverage for pre-existing conditions.


In a statement, Senate President Donna Soucy, D-Manchester, called affordable health care a "right for all."


Senate Majority Leader Dan Feltes, a Democrat from Concord who is considering running for governor, is the prime sponsor of the bill. He said it's important to ensure coverage, where the Trump administration and Republicans in Congress have promised to scrap the Affordable Care Act.