Richards introduces Patients Bill of Rights

    Rep. Jon Richards (D-Milwaukee) has announced a Wisconsin Patients’ Bill of Rights that would codify in state law certain aspects of the federal "Affordable Care Act."
    The Affordable Care Act is currently being challenged in federal appeals courts, and the dispute could end up before the U.S. Supreme Court.
    “We can’t risk losing these protections guaranteed under the current federal law,” Richards said.
    Richards’ bill would ban insurance companies from dropping coverage for people who become sick or denying coverage for pre-existing conditions. It also would create lifetime spending caps and guarantee preventative care without co-pays.
    Even though these issues aren’t being challenged, if any part of the law is struck down by the Supreme Court, the entire legislation may be nullified, Richards said.
    “There is a new spirit of bipartisanship among Wisconsin legislators right now,” Richards said when asked if he believed it had any chance this fall. “It is popular among both sides in the public.”
    The proposal is from an existing Patients’ Bill of Rights that only covers individuals who are mentally disabled or institutionalized for a medical condition.   

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