Passage of Arizona’s pre-existing conditions law shows change in thinking

Demonstrators hold signs as Democratic leaders speak with reporters outside the U.S. Capitol in June in Washington. Democrats were calling on the administration to change its policy regarding the pre-existing conditions provisions of the ACA.
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By Julia Shumway | Arizona Capitol Times

One of the 90 bills Gov. Doug Ducey signed this year enshrines in state statute a key tenet of the Obama administration’s signature health care law — that insurers provide health coverage to people with pre-existing conditions.

And while legislative Democrats, health care policy wonks and patients with pre-existing conditions say the new law doesn’t go nearly far enough, that the law passed unanimously through one chamber and with only token opposition through the other marks a sea change in the way politicians view health policy.

The new law, sponsored by Sen. J.D. Mesnard, R-Chandler, and championed by Republican Attorney General Mark Brnovich, takes effect only if the U.S. Supreme Court rules the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional, likely through a case brought by Brnovich and other Republican attorneys general that the court could decide as early as this fall.

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