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4/8/2019 Media Advisory: Senate committee to hear bill enacting ACA provisions in RI law
STATE HOUSE – The Senate Health and Human Services Committee will hold a hearing tomorrow on legislation to enact provisions of the federal Affordable Care Act into state law to protect Rhode Islanders in the event that the federal law is repealed or overturned.

The committee is scheduled to meet tomorrow, Tuesday, April 9, at the rise of the Senate (around 4:45 p.m.) in the Senate Lounge on the second floor of the State House. Among the bills on its calendar for hearings are:
  • 2019-S 0738 — Sponsored by Senate Health and Human Services Committee Chairman Joshua Miller (D-Dist. 28, Cranston, Providence), this bill would  ensure that the standards of the Affordable Care Act — often called Obamacare — remain in effect in Rhode Island, even if the courts or Congress were to eliminate the federal laws that created it.
  • 2019-S 0445 — This bill sponsored by Sen. V. Susan Sosnowski (D-Dist. 37, South Kingstown, New Shoreham) would prohibit insurers from varying the premium  rates charged for a health coverage plan based on the gender of the individual policy holder, enrollee, subscriber or member.
  • 2019-S 0146 — Sponsored by Sen. Stephen R. Archambault (D-Dist. 22, Smithfield, North Providence, Johnston), this bill would protect people with health insurance from surprise medical bills for emergency and other services by requiring a non-participating health care providers to bill an insured party only for a co-payment or deductible.
The committee is also scheduled to meet Thursday, April 11, at the rise of the Senate in Room 212 on the second floor of the State House for hearings on:
  • 2019-S 0218 — Sponsored by Sen. Adam J. Satchell (D-Dist. 9, West Warwick), this bill would prohibit PFAS, a class of fluorinated organic chemicals, from being used in food packaging.
  • 2019-S 0447 — This bill sponsored by Sen. Bridget G. Valverde (D-Dist. 35, North Kingstown, East Greenwich, Narragansett, South Kingstown) requires the personal care product industry to more fully disclose the ingredients they use and, where applicable, identify ingredients that have been published as a chemical of concern.

For more information, contact:
Greg Pare, Press Secretary for the Senate
State House Room 314
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 276-5558