LIVESTRONG sent the following letter last night to The Speaker of the House, John Boehner, regarding our opposition to H.R. 2 – legislation that would repeal the Health Care Law passed last year. We ask that you send your decision makers a note as well in opposition. Click here to locate contact information for your decision makers. A vote is expected this afternoon.
January 18, 2011
The Honorable John Boehner
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, D.C. 20515
Dear Speaker Boehner:
On behalf of LIVESTRONG, I would like to express opposition to H.R. 2 – legislation which would repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and health care-related provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010.
Founded in 1997 by cancer survivor and champion cyclist Lance Armstrong and based in Austin, Texas, LIVESTRONG fights for the 28 million people around the world living with cancer today. LIVESTRONG connects individuals to the support they need, leverages funding and resources to spur innovation and engages communities and leaders to drive social change. Known for the iconic yellow wristband, LIVESTRONG‘s mission is to inspire and empower anyone affected by cancer.
LIVESTRONG supported passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act last year and we believe that repealing this law now would have a negative impact on the lives of many Americans living with cancer. Study after study has shown that those who lack insurance or who are underinsured have higher cancer mortality rates than those who have insurance and therefore better access to care. A number of critical provisions of this law are already in effect and several more will be implemented over the next few years, including:
? Medicare patients and those who are enrolled in new private plans can now receive critical preventive services such as breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screenings at no cost to the consumer.
? Health plans are now prohibited from denying coverage to children with pre-existing conditions such as cancer up to age 19. Pre-existing condition exclusions will be eliminated for everyone with private insurance by 2014.
? Young adults can now remain on their parent’s insurance until their 26th birthday.
? Health plans can no longer drop people from coverage when they become sick.
? Individual and group plans are now prohibited from placing lifetime dollar limits on health insurance coverage, often an issue for cancer patients undergoing expensive treatments.
? Annual dollar limits for health coverage are now tightly restricted for most plans and these limits will be prohibited by law in 2014.
? By 2014, the law will prohibit new health plans from dropping coverage because an individual chooses to participate in a clinical trial and from denying coverage for routine care that they would otherwise provide just because an individual is enrolled in a clinical trial. It will apply to all clinical trials that treat cancer or other life-threatening diseases. People living with cancer depend on access to quality, affordable health care.
Passage of H.R.2 would roll back the clock on the important provisions that are improving the health care system for Americans living with this disease. LIVESTRONG encourages a ‘no’ vote on H.R. 2.
President and CEO