Affordable Care Act Upheld by U.S. Supreme Court
The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the majority of the tenets of the Affordable Care Act. The Affordable Care Act is a law that aims to improve our current health care system by increasing access to health coverage for Americans and introducing new protections for people who have health insurance.
CCFA and its members have advocated for insurance reforms supporting increased access to care and therapies for all people with IBD and their families. The reforms in the Affordable Care Act reflect this important work. These changes, all of which were upheld in the Supreme Court ruling, include:
- Ending the practice of rescissions (canceling a policy because a person becomes ill)
- Coverage for children up to age 26 on their parent's insurance
- A prohibition on lifetime benefit caps
In 2014, additional provisions will be in place, including:
- Coverage for all persons with preexisting conditions
- A prohibition on annual benefit caps
Our job is not done -- the debate on health reform will continue during the next several years, particularly during the upcoming election season. CCFA will continue to monitor legislative activities regarding healthcare reform, and actively support changes that benefit all individuals with chronic health care problems. We encourage our advocates to remain alert and involved as events develop -- if you are not a CCFA advocate, join our advocacy network now! If you are not familiar with the Affordable Care Act, learn more about the health care options and benefits available to you at www.Healthcare.gov.
Crohn's & Colitis Foundation
The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation's mission is to cure Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, and to improve the quality of life of children and adults affected by these diseases. The Foundation ranks third among leading health non-profits in the percentage of expense devoted to research toward a cure, with more than 80 cents of every dollar the Foundation spends going to mission-critical programs. The Foundation consistently meets the standards of organizations that monitor charities, including the Better Business Bureau's Wise Giving Alliance (give.org) and the American Institute of Philanthropy (charitywatch.org).