The COPD Foundation has championed legislation that improves access to care for people with COPD. 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 COPD Foundation and the advocacy community. The COPD Foundation did not take a position in favor nor opposed to the Affordable Care Act while it was moving through the legislative process. Similarly, we did not take a position on the Supreme Court of the United States’ decision. The COPD Foundation 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,
- Individuals with chronic disease have access to care,
- Individuals living with chronic disease remain a priority of concern for federal, state, and local legislators and chronic disease coalitions across the United States.
“We are supportive of the Supreme Court’s ruling which allows more people access to care,” said 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.”
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 health care,” added Mr. Walsh.
For further information on the COPD Foundation, or to talk with Mr. John Walsh, please call Jeanne Hamrick at 866-731-2673, ext. 312.