Heitkamp Focuses On Preexisting Conditions Protections In N.D. Senate Race — But Exaggerates Some Numbers
The Associated Press fact checks Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp's claim about how many North Dakotans were denied coverage pre-health law, and finds that she overstates the number of people who wouldn't have been able to get coverage.
The Associated Press Fact Check:
Heitkamp Overstates Pre-Existing Denials
U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp says in a television ad released last week that 300,000 North Dakota residents with pre-existing medical conditions couldn’t get health insurance before former President Barack Obama’s health care law. Health care is a big issue in midterm races across the country, and has become especially charged in North Dakota, where Heitkamp’s re-election race against Republican U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer is seen as critical to control of the Senate. (MacPherson, 8/24)
In other health law news —
Health News Florida:
Activists Call For Florida’s Removal From ACA Lawsuit
Activists gathered at an Orlando park on Thursday to call on Governor Rick Scott to remove Florida from a lawsuit that challenges the Affordable Care Act. The lawsuit, which was filed by 20 states in February, says the ACA is unconstitutional. If it is successful, the lawsuit could eliminate the ACA’s protections for people with pre-existing conditions. (Pagano, 8/24)
Where Can Consumers Find Help With Health Insurance?
Many consumers have anxiety about getting health insurance right. There are several different strategies available for health coverage, but few comprehensive resources to help consumers evaluate their options. Further, the Tennessee Health Care Campaign, one of the groups in Tennessee that helps consumers with health insurance, announced earlier this month that it won’t apply for federal funding to help consumers find coverage in 2019. (Tolbert, 8/24)