Everyone needs quality and affordable healthcare, especially people with lung cancer and chronic lung diseases like asthma and COPD. Instead of expanding access to healthcare coverage, some in Washington, D.C. want to roll back fundamental protections for patients with pre-existing conditions. Learn more and help the American Lung Association protect patients with lung disease!
Share Your Story
Have you or a loved one been denied health insurance or charged more for coverage because you have a pre-existing condition like asthma, COPD or lung cancer? Did you sign up for healthcare but then find out that you had a short-term or other skimpy plan that didn’t cover your treatments? Have you received a surprise medical bill for care at the emergency room or hospital that you thought was covered by your health plan? Tell us about it and help our nation’s leaders understand why quality and affordable healthcare coverage is so important.
An Update on Patient Protections and the Affordable Care Act
In December 2018, a U.S. District Court judge in Texas ruled that the entire Affordable Care Act (ACA) is unconstitutional. This ruling puts the health of millions of Americans at risk, especially those with pre-existing conditions. It is important to understand that the current Affordable Care Act remains in place pending the appeal. 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.
Get Covered Today
People with lung disease now have access to the healthcare they need because of the Affordable Care Act. Open enrollment for state marketplace plans is November 1 – December 15, although some states have longer enrollment periods. And if you or your child are eligible for CHIP or Medicaid, you are getting married, having a baby, losing other insurance coverage, or moving, you can enroll for healthcare at any time.
A Coordinated Attack: Reducing Access to Care in State Medicaid Programs
Medicaid is the largest single payer of healthcare in the United States. This policy brief details how access to care in the Medicaid population is being undermined by a coordinated effort from the Administration and states through Medicaid 1115 Waivers. These efforts could create insurmountable barriers to healthcare for people living with serious and chronic illnesses – such as lung cancer, COPD and asthma – and lead hundreds of thousands of people to lose their healthcare coverage.
Page last updated: March 24, 2020