Rhode Island Senate approves bill preserving health care law

By The Associated Press

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) –  The state Senate has approved a bill to put into state law the protections that currently exist through the federal Affordable Care Act.

The Senate approved the measure Thursday, sending it to the House of Representatives. Democratic Senate President Dominick Ruggerio has said it’s one of his top priorities, while Democratic House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello has expressed concerns about the cost to the state.

The chairmen of the Senate and House health committees sponsored the legislation to ensure the health care law standards remain in effect in Rhode Island, even if the courts or Congress dismantle it. It would guarantee that dependents up to age 26 can stay on their parents’ plans and protect people with pre-existing condition exclusions.

President Donald Trump has taken steps to weaken the law.

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