As more and more discussions happen around the repeal of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), it’s important to keep perspective of what the ACA did to benefit patients with chronic illnesses. I stand with many other Americans in favor of keeping and fixing Obamacare. We aren’t delusional. We know it’s not perfect. But it is the most progressive reform patients with chronic illnesses have seen, maybe in their lifetime. Is it fair that we lose the benefits that were granted to us through this piece of legislation?

I’m falling deaf ears, aren’t I?

Well, if Congress refuses to fix, let’s urge Congress to simultaneously pass a suitable replacement that will maintain insurance coverage. Specifically:

  • Stability in coverage be maintained by accompanying any repeal effort with a replacement that meets the needs of the 117 million Americans living with one or more chronic illnesses;
  • Discrimination against patients with pre-existing conditions continues to be prohibited;
  • Young adults can remain on their parent’s insurance until age 26;
  • Out-of-pocket spending is limited and lifetime annual caps are prohibited; and
  • Insurance coverage meet certain design standards to combat discrimination and ensure that patients have access to the treatments, services, and provider network they need.

Use your voices! Please call your members of Congress and share this information with them. It will take 15 minutes of your day, but will benefit patients like me for a lifetime.

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