COPD Foundation Statement Regarding the Supreme Court Ruling on Affordable Care Act

July 02, 2012

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 will not take a position on the Supreme Court of the United States’ decision. Our approach, should the Supreme Court determine that the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional – in part or in full – is that 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.

“Access to care and education remains a priority for the COPD Foundation, 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.

The COPD Foundation will continue to monitor this situation, and will update our message – if warranted – as additional information unfolds regarding the Supreme Court decision.

For further information on the COPD Foundation, or to talk with Mr. John Walsh, please call Jeanne Hamrick at 866-731-2673, ext. 312.