Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-ND) reintroduced legislation that would require insurers to accept health insurance premium payments from non-profit charitable organizations like AKF. H.R. 3976, the Access to Marketplace Insurance Act, would prohibit insurance companies from discriminating against individuals with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) and other chronic conditions, and protect a patient’s ability to choose the coverage that best fits their needs. The bill was introduced with 15 original co-sponsors, both Republicans and Democrats, and now has 70 co-sponsors.
AKF has worked closely with Rep. Cramer’s office over the last few years on this bill, dating back to when it was first introduced in 2015. One addition that was made to this year’s bill is language that authorizes the Secretary to make and enforce regulations that ensures individuals eligible for Medicare and Medicaid receive proper education regarding all of the coverage options, including qualified health plan coverage.