The Supreme Court today declared in a 5-4 vote that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) — the most significant healthcare legislation since the creation of Medicare — is also a constitutional act. –Medscape News
Regardless of your political view, there is no denying that history was made today. The Supreme Court says ‘Yes” to the Affordable Care Act (aka ObamaCare). But many of us lupus patients are wondering: “How does this affect me?”. In the flurry of emails and reports regarding the decision this morning, the Lupus Research Institute (LRI) sent out an email that summarizes this Act and explains how this applies to lupus patients. LRI did such an amazing job that I am going to copy and paste the email here. Of course, you can receive these email notifications by signing up on their website: http://www.lupusresearchinstitute.org/
From the Lupus Research Institute:
The day many people living with lupus and other chronic conditions have lost sleep over has come, and we can all rest easier thanks to the positive ruling on the Affordable Care Act from the U.S. Supreme Court.
The Lupus Research Institute (LRI) strongly supports today’s ruling for the provisions it makes to protect the 1.5 million Americans living with lupus. The Court’s ruling provided for four critical principles that the LRI and its National Coalition of patient organizations had successfully advocated for inclusion in the current Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Together, we have been on record and calling on Congress to ensure these principles be maintained throughout subsequent rounds of revisions.
Following is the press release the Lupus Research Institute just issued expressing our appreciation for today’s landmark decision and informing the lupus community nationwide of its implications for their future care:
Lupus Research Institute Applauds Supreme Court Ruling on Healthcare Act
Legislation Maintains Key Critical Principles for People with Lupus and Other Chronic Diseases
NEW YORK, NY – June 28, 2012. The Lupus Research Institute (LRI) is strongly encouraged with today’s bipartisan U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding virtually the entire Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act signed into law by President Barack Obama in 2010.
This historic decision is greatly welcomed news for the 1.5 million Americans living with lupus. In upholding the Act, the Court supported principles the LRI and its National Coalition of patient organizations had successfully advocated for inclusion to ensure that people with chronic diseases such as lupus are protected. The Supreme Court ruling maintains the following four key principles so critical to people with lupus and other chronic diseases:
- Insurance coverage available for all Americans, regardless of pre-existing conditions.
- Elimination of lifetime caps on health benefits.
- Provisions dedicated to prevention and wellness and educating those with and at risk for chronic disease on best ways to manage and prevent illness.
- Dedication to eliminating racial disparities in chronic diseases such as lupus, which disproportionately affects minorities.
“With so much at stake for lupus patients, so many are breathing a sigh of relief with this Supreme Court ruling,” said Margaret Dowd, President and CEO of LRI. “The ability to buy insurance regardless of preexisting conditions is a critically important legal right for all of us – but for people with lupus it’s truly a life and death issue. The current provision eliminating lifetime caps on insurance benefits is another pillar of health care reform that is dramatically increasing treatment options for many lupus patients.”
The Diva’s First Reaction: (with the help form Thinkprogress.org)
1. More than 30 million uninsured Americans will find coverage under the law.
2. Insurers’ inability to discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions!!
In summary: This is a huge day for many patients struggling to maintain health insurance to pay for the treatments that are desperately needed to continue daily activities. Options are now available.