COPD Foundation Releases Statement In Response to U.S. Supreme Court Ruling on Affordable Care Act
Posted Jul 01 2012 10:01pm
June 28, 2012 - The COPD Foundation (COPDF) today announced its response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, re-emphasizing that it will continue to work tirelessly to ensure that individuals living with chronic disease: are educated about their rights and responsibilities regarding public and private insurance policies and coverage; have access to care; and remain a priority of concern for federal, state and local legislators and chronic disease coalitions across the United States.
“COPDF has championed legislation that improves access to care for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and chronic disease,” says John W. Walsh, president of the COPD Foundation. “Facing the challenge of living with a chronic disease can be daunting and expensive for individuals, and for the families of those affected by chronic disease.”
The Affordable Care Act included negotiations on Capitol Hill that rolled in a number of provisions derived from other pieces of legislation that were supported by the COPDF and the advocacy community. The COPDF did not, however, take a position in favor of or opposed to the Affordable Care Act while it was moving through the legislative process. Similarly, it does not take a position on the Supreme Court’s decision.
Some of the provisions within the Affordable Care Act that are favorable to those individuals living with COPD include:
– No ban on pre-existing conditions
– Guaranteed issue and renewal
– Ban on policy rescission
– Minimum insurance coverage standards
– Elimination of lifetime caps
– Addressing Part D Donut Hole
“The COPD Foundation will continue to support legislation to ensure people with chronic disease have a voice in managing their healthcare,” adds Walsh.
The mission of the COPD Foundation is to develop and support programs, which improve the quality of life through research, education, early diagnosis, and enhanced therapy for persons whose lives are impacted by Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. The C.O.P.D. Information Line, 866-316-COPD (2673), is a toll-free number for information and referrals on COPD, offering callers access to peer-to-peer patients and caregiver associates.