From: The Honorable Renee L. Ellmers
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Bill: H.R. 3450
Date: 7/10/2014

According to the Heritage Foundation, the “essential” health benefits mandate is the worst regulation of 2013.  Heritage reports, “Finalized early in 2013, these rules—a key part of the Obamacare health insurance scheme—imposed coverage requirements for individual health insurance policies. Required services for all policies range from maternity care (regardless of gender) to substance-abuse treatment to pediatric care (including for the childless). In practice, this mandate turned out to be the regulatory equivalent of New Coke, causing millions of Americans to lose their insurance policies, despite presidential assurances that “if you like your plan, you can keep your plan.”

Americans should have the ability to decide what is “essential” for themselves and their families.  That’s why I have introduced the “Health Insurance Freedom Act,” (H.R. 3450) to ensure that the American people have an option to choose what services they need for their health insurance.  This bill will provide folks the ability to choose coverage they actually need and want.

To sign on as a co-sponsor, or for more information, please contact Mitch Vakerics in my office at or 202-225-4531.