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Where does Tillis stand on insurance requirements?

Thom_Tillis_official_portraitWhen I last posted about the Senate debate between Speaker Thom Tillis and Sen. Kay Hagan I had listened to the exchange on radio but I had not yet watched the video. Watching television coverage of the debate one could hardly miss that Tillis was, once again, wearing a blue lapel pin from the science and advocacy organization Autism Speaks.

The pin highlights an important question that the media and voters should be asking Tillis: Where does he stand on minimum coverage requirements for insurance?

The primary argument Tillis pushes against the Affordable Care Act and Sen. Hagan is that the health law set a new floor for health insurance benefits. That’s why some plans were initially cancelled. It’s why some plans cost more than before the enactment of reform. But for the Autism community setting minimum standards for insurance was one of the most important parts of the Affordable Care Act. In fact, Autism Speaks and the Autism Society are still doing critical work to ensure that insurance companies are adhering to these new mandates.

Moreover, Tillis personally advocated for a bill expanding on the minimum requirements set by the ACA by mandating insurance coverage for the diagnoses and treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Assuming that Tillis was sincere in his support of new insurance requirements it’s difficult to see how he could object to the health reform law establishing similar mandates. And if he supports minimum requirements in general but opposes specific coverage mandates in the ACA then he should specify which services he would make optional for insurance companies. Would he say that insurers can go back to not covering pregnancy? What about prescription drugs?

The answers to these questions cut to the core of the Speaker’s opposition to health reform and voters need to know where he stands.

2 Comments


  1. Louie

    September 8, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    is Thom Tillis on the State Health Plan?

  2. Arthur

    September 9, 2014 at 9:34 am

    I don’t see an equal balance in reporting, especially regarding the Hagan vs Tillis campaign. It’s time to show Tillis’ “Tea Party” affiliation, more details on the teacher pay raises that are not adding up to be what he and Gov. McCrory are saying. You need to show more details about the negative impact on our students in the classroom as a result of the $500,000,000 cut in educational funding that Tillis championed.
    I think the Hagan camp need to do a better job at getting the message out to the voters. The next debate between Senataor Hagan and Speaker Tillis must show a stronger more Informative message by Senator Hagan. Tillis is wrong for North Carolina and now is the time for Senator Hagan and her camp to tell the voters why.

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