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HOUSE RESOLUTION 17

(By Delegates Sponaugle, Angelucci, Barrett, Bates, Boggs, N. Brown, S. Brown, Byrd, Campbell, Canestraro, Caputo, Diserio, Doyle, Estep-Burton, Evans, Fleischauer, Fluharty, Hanson, Hartman, Hornbuckle, Lavender-Bowe, Longstreth, Lovejoy, Miley, Miller, Pethtel, Pushkin, Pyles, Robinson, Rodighiero, Rowe, Skaff, Staggers, C. Thompson, R. Thompson, Tomblin, Walker, Williams and Zukoff)

[Introduced March 2, 2020]

 

Expressing the disapproval of the House of Delegates to State Attorney General Patrick Morrisey for his repetitive attempts to undermine affordable healthcare coverage for West Virginians.

Whereas, Approximately 800,000 West Virginians are currently living with a pre-existing condition such as asthma, diabetes, cancer, or high blood pressure; and

Whereas, More West Virginians under the age of 65 have a pre-existing condition than any other state in the union; and

Whereas, Prior to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, insurance companies were permitted to decide which West Virginians should have access to affordable health insurance; and

Whereas, Prior to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, West Virginians could be denied healthcare coverage based on having a pre-existing condition; and

Whereas, Since the Affordable Care Act was implemented, approximately 150,000 West Virginians have gained lifesaving healthcare coverage through the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion provision; and

Whereas, West Virginia receives over $1 billion annually in medical services due to the Affordable Care Act; and

Whereas, West Virginians receive over $162 million in federal subsidies to keep their health insurance premiums low; and

Whereas, Access to affordable healthcare and the protections offered to West Virginians hangs in the balance as the courts continue to review the case of Texas v. Azar; and

Whereas, West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, in his official capacity on behalf of West Virginians, is attempting to strip their access to affordable healthcare and protections through his actions in opposition to the Affordable Care Act and participation in Texas v. Azar; and

Whereas, Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has endorsed passage of Senate Bill 284 – the West Virginia Healthcare Continuity Act in lieu of the Affordable Care Act; and

Whereas, The West Virginia Healthcare Continuity Act fails to account for over $1 billion in federal funding West Virginia receives annually; and

Whereas, The West Virginia Health Care Continuity Act fails to compensate West Virginians who receive over $162 million in federal subsidies to keep their health insurance premiums low; and

Whereas, The repeal of the Affordable Care Act through Morrisey’s lawsuit, West Virginia would lose approximately 17,000 healthcare-related jobs, resulting in a 2.3 percent reduction in West Virginia’s annual GDP; and

Whereas, The West Virginia Healthcare Continuity Acts fails to compensate both the State of West Virginia and West Virginians for the loss of $1 billion annually in medical services and premium hikes; and

Whereas, The House of Delegates stands with West Virginians and supports access to affordable healthcare, protections to West Virginians with pre-existing conditions, fiscal responsibility, and the preservation of good-paying jobs, therefore, be it

Resolved by the House of Delegates:

That the House of Delegates hereby disapproves of State Attorney General Patrick Morrisey for his repetitive attempts to undermine affordable healthcare coverage for West Virginias; and be it

Further Resolved, That the House of Delegates hereby requests that State Attorney General Patrick Morrisey dismisses West Virginia as a Plaintiff in the case of Texas v. Azar; and be it

Further Resolved, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates forward a copy of this resolution to State Attorney General Patrick Morrisey.

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