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Coverage for those with preexisting conditions won’t be impacted in Colorado despite a Texas federal judge’s recent ruling that the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional.

State law ensures health insurance for those with preexisting conditions in the Centennial State, according to a news release from the Colorado Division of Insurance.

“I said it in June when this case first bubbled up, and I’ll say it again: Guaranteed health insurance coverage for people with pre-existing conditions is enshrined in Colorado law,” said Interim Insurance Commissioner Michael Conway in the release. “The Division of Insurance will continue to enforce Colorado law and maintain this important protection for our citizens.”

The ruling came after 20 state attorneys general sued the federal government, claiming the entire ACA is unconstitutional since Congress ended the law’s mandate to have health insurance.

The ACA debate isn’t going away with the ruling, the release said.

“This decision will now be part of a long, drawn-out legal process, as it will be appealed and likely work its way to the U.S. Supreme Court,” it said. “And the Trump administration is assuring the country that the ACA will remain in force during the appeals process.

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“This case has caused the most concern around the ACA’s protections for people with pre-existing conditions, especially as the Trump administration said it would not defend that part of the law.”

Conway added, “Coloradans need to know that we aren’t going back to the bad old days of being charged more because you or someone in your family has diabetes or asthma or high blood pressure or any other health condition.”

Open enrollment continues until Jan. 15 for Colorado residents who buy individual health insurance plans — not insurance through their employer.

Go to connectforhealthco.com for more information.

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