by Doug Ulman
The following is an official statement just released from our CEO Doug Ulman regarding the Supreme Court of the United States? ruling on the Affordable Care Act.
“Today, cancer survivors throughout the U.S. are celebrating. The Supreme Court ruling means they will retain protection from insurance discrimination for pre-existing conditions. Parents of young cancer survivors will continue covering their kids on their insurance until they are 26. Life-saving preventive services, like breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screenings, will be covered with no co-pays or deductibles. The Affordable Care Act?s life-saving measures, so critical to cancer survivors and their families, will be preserved and we are enormously relieved that justice has prevailed.?
The LIVESTRONG Foundation, which provides free, bilingual patient navigation services to people and families affected by cancer, supports legislation, policies and funding that further the fight against cancer and support its survivors. The Affordable Care Act contains several provisions critical to cancer survivors and their families. They include:
- Access to health insurance for 32 million Americans who would otherwise be uninsured
- Ending discrimination by insurers against those with preexisting conditions
- Ending arbitrary annual and lifetime caps on health insurance benefits
- Routine costs for clinical trials must be covered by insurance
- Covering young adults under their parents? insurance policy until their 26th birthday
- Covering preventive services like breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screening with no co-pays and no deductibles