Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tim Walberg (MI-07) has cosponsored legislation by Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (OR-02) to preserve health care access and protections for individuals with pre-existing conditions. H.R. 1121, the Pre-Existing Conditions Protection Act, aims to reaffirm guaranteed health care access, ensure that enrollees cannot have benefits excluded from a plan due to a pre-existing condition, and that patients will not pay more based on their health care status.
“We are taking a thoughtful, step-by-step approach to deliver health care solutions that lower costs, increase choices, and give greater control to Michigan families and small businesses,” said Walberg. “As we work to repair our broken health care system, one important component is maintaining protections for patients with pre-existing conditions. This bill will safeguard patients from being treated unfairly and provide peace of mind to families that they will not be left behind.”
Click here to read the text of H.R. 1121, the Pre-Existing Conditions Protection Act.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Sam Johnson (R-TX), chairman of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Social Security, and Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI), chairman of the Education and the Workforce Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions, today introduced the Small Business Health Fairness Act (H.R. 1101). Part of a step-by-step process to replace the failed health care law with patient-centered solutions, the legislation would empower small businesses to join together through association health plans (AHPs) to provide their employees greater access to affordable health care.
Chairmen Johnson and Walberg released the following statements upon introduction:
“Due to Obamacare, fewer and fewer American small businesses are offering health care coverage, and that’s a problem for American families,” Chairman Johnson said. “Everyone knows that large employers are able to provide more affordable health benefits for their employees. That’s because they have strength in numbers and don’t have to adhere to costly rules and regulations that small businesses do. But this isn’t right. Small mom and pop businesses on Main Street shouldn’t be treated like second class citizens when it comes to being able to offer health insurance. Bottom-line: if it’s good enough for Wall Street, it’s good enough for Main Street. This bill would allow small businesses to band together for that same strength in numbers and free them from unfair regulations. It is one good step toward fixing our broken health care system, and I thank Representative Walberg for his support in this effort. Americans want, need, and deserve quality, affordable health care — and you can rest assured this remains one of my top priorities.”
“We are taking an important step toward providing a better way to access quality, affordable health care,” Chairman Walberg said. “By allowing small businesses to band together through association health plans, we can lower health care costs for working families. Obamacare not only failed to achieve this important goal, it made our nation’s health care challenges even worse. This bill is part of a step-by-step process to deliver commonsense health care reforms that put working families first. Representative Johnson has been leading this important effort for many years, and I look forward to working together to advance these reforms.”
BACKGROUND: Due to their size and economies of scale, large businesses and labor organizations have the ability to negotiate on behalf of employees for high-quality health care at more affordable costs. By offering a qualified group health plan under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), these large employers and labor organizations are also exempt from myriad state rules and regulations on health insurance.
Small businesses, however, do not have the same bargaining power as larger businesses. Small businesses are also unable to band together to increase their bargaining power in the health insurance marketplace. By allowing small businesses to join together through association health plans (AHPs), small businesses can have greater ability to negotiate for lower health care costs for their employees.
Part of a broader effort to replace Obamacare with patient-centered solutions, Chairmen Johnson and Walberg introduced the Small Business Health Fairness Act. The legislation would empower small businesses to join together through AHPs to offer health insurance for their employees at a lower cost. Through these reforms, H.R. 1101 will:
For a copy of H.R. 1101, click here.
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Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tim Walberg’s (MI-07) legislation to provide greater transparency and help restore the integrity of the federal government’s rulemaking process advanced through the Oversight and Government Reform Committee today. H.R. 1004, the Regulatory Integrity Act, requires agencies to post, in a central location, all communications they issue during the proposed rule stage so that the public can fully participate and trust that the rulemaking process is neutral and unbiased. Congressman Walberg introduced the legislation on Monday.
“Public input is a critical component of the rulemaking process and producing final regulations that are well thought out and effective,” said Walberg. “Unfortunately, we’ve seen federal agencies view the public comment period as a perfunctory step rather than an opportunity to receive constructive feedback from the very people who will be affected by proposed regulations. It’s important to conduct this process in an open and transparent way, and the Regulatory Integrity Act will help ensure the American people’s voices are heard.”
The Regulatory Integrity Act would increase transparency to help prevent future instances of misconduct like what occurred during the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) covert campaign efforts during the public rulemaking process for the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule. In 2015, the New York Times reported that the EPA undertook “a campaign that tests the limits of federal lobbying law.” The nonpartisan Government Accountability Office concluded the EPA overstepped and issued a report that said the agency undertook “covert propaganda” and “grassroots lobbying” during the process.
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representatives Tim Walberg (MI-07) and Dan Kildee (MI-05) have reintroduced the Helping Families Save for Education Act, bipartisan legislation to give families increased opportunities to save for and afford the rising cost of education. H.R. 999 will expand the annual contribution limits on Coverdell Education Savings Accounts from $2,000 to $10,000 and increase the age of eligibility from 18 to 22 years old. Earnings in Coverdell ESAs grow tax-free and can be use on tuition, books, and other educational expenses.
“Obtaining a degree provides such a valuable foundation for our children’s future and a successful career,” said Congressman Walberg. “As the mounting cost of higher education puts a strain on family budgets, we must tackle this challenge and give Michigan families greater flexibility to plan and save for college. The Helping Families Save for Education Act is an important bipartisan step to help expand saving opportunities as students pursue the best path for their education.”
“Our competitiveness in a global economy relies on ensuring Michiganders can afford to go to college. Allowing families to save more money is one of the ways we can make higher education possible. The Helping Families Save for Education Act will make it easier for working families and students to save money in order to pay for tuition and educational expenses,” said Congressman Dan Kildee.
Congressman Walberg serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the House Education and the Workforce Committee as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions. For more information on Walberg’s work in Congress visit walberg.house.gov.Read More
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Tim Walberg is currently serving his third term in Congress as the representative of south-central Michigan. The diverse constituency of Michigan’s 7th District encompasses Branch, Eaton, Hillsdale, Jackson, Lenawee, and Monroe Counties, along with parts of Washtenaw County. Since first taking office, Tim has hosted hundreds of coffee and town hall meetings to better understand the thoughts and concerns of the district.
Prior to his time in public office, Tim served as a pastor in Michigan and Indiana, as president of the Warren Reuther Center for Education and Community Impact, and as a division manager for Moody Bible Institute. He also served in the Michigan House of Representatives from 1983 to 1999, and is proud to bring his reputation as a principled legislator, fiscal reformer, and defender of traditional values to Washington.
In the 113th Congress, Tim serves on the House Education and the Workforce Committee as Chair of the Workforce Protections Subcommittee. In addition, he serves on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
He and his wife, Sue, have been married for over 39 years, and enjoy spending time outdoors and riding on their Harley. They live in Tipton, Michigan, where they raised their three children: Matthew, Heidi and Caleb.
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