An amendment to a GOP health care bill would let Americans purchase and use face masks, a key demand of President Donald J. Trump and congressional Republicans.
The Hill reports that Trump signed the bill Friday afternoon.
The president’s signing is a big win for Republicans in a legislative battle over whether to allow insurance companies to deny coverage to those with pre-existing conditions.
The House passed the bill earlier this week.
The Senate is expected to vote on it Thursday.
The bill’s backers say it is needed to protect Americans from the deadly coronavirus outbreak and prevent people from developing costly health conditions.
Republican senators and representatives have expressed skepticism about the plan, which would let insurance companies deny coverage for people with pre the condition of having an existing condition.
They want to keep it limited to people who have been diagnosed with a condition, such as heart disease, that is causing the condition.
The plan would also prohibit insurers from charging people more than the average for their insurance coverage.
The Senate has not yet passed the legislation, but it is expected.