“Essential health care services are just that — essential. There should be no point in anyone’s life where their insurance can just decide it’s simply not going to pay any more for something that is essential to their health,” said Senator Goodwin (D-Dist. 1, Providence). “Rhode Island must make it very clear that allowing lifetime limits on essential services is a failure to provide adequate health care.”
The legislation (2021-S 0712) strikes a passage from state law that would invalidate Rhode Island’s prohibition on lifetime limits if a similar requirement in the federal Affordable Care Act — also known as Obamacare — is either repealed by Congress or declared invalid in federal court.
The legislation now goes to the House of Representatives, where Rep. Rebecca Kislak (D-Dist. 4, Providence) is sponsoring companion legislation (2021-H 5651).