Everyone needs quality and affordable healthcare, especially people with lung cancer and chronic lung diseases like asthma and COPD. We need your help to protect access to care for patients with or at risk for lung disease.

Lung Health and the Affordable Care Act

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) became law in March 2010. The American Lung Association strongly supports the ACA because it benefits millions of Americans with asthma, lung cancer and other lung disease and helps millions of Americans have quality and affordable healthcare.

Top Lung Health Benefits

The ACA included a number of policies that benefit lung health.
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Get Covered

Learn more about signing up for quality an affordable coverage.
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Protecting Medicaid

Read our 2018 report on Reducing Access to Care in State Medicaid Programs.
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An Update on the Supreme Court and the ACA

In November 2020, the Supreme Court heard California v. Texas, a case about the future of the ACA. This case began in 2018, when a U.S. District Court judge in Texas ruled that the entire ACA is unconstitutional, putting the health of millions of Americans at risk. It is important to understand that the current Affordable Care Act remains in place pending the Supreme Court’s review. The Lung Association and our partners filed a friend-of-the-court brief in this lawsuit and will continue to fight to defend access to quality and affordable health coverage for all Americans, including those pre-existing conditions.

Read the statement from the Lung Association and our partners in this case.

Tobacco Cessation and the ACA

Affordable Care Act Timeline: Learn more about the Affordable Care Act and when key provisions took effect. Learn More

ACA Tobacco Cessation Guidance Toolkit: The Lung Association has a number of materials, including template letters, and resources created and compiled by the American Lung Association to explain this tobacco cessation guidance, and help you utilize the guidance to help smokers quit in your state. Learn More

ACA Factsheets and Resources: The Lung Association has factsheets and resources on the ways the ACA has improved access to quit-smoking treatments. Learn More

Page last updated: December 8, 2020

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