Last week, the Department of Justice announced that it will not defend several critical patient protections in the Affordable Care Act (ACA), including the protection against denial of coverage for individuals with pre-existing conditions, in a lawsuit in Texas federal court. The suit is led by 20 states challenging the ACA’s validity after the repeal of the individual mandate last year. Sixteen states have filed a brief defending the law, including protections for people with pre-existing conditions.
The Immune Deficiency Foundation (IDF) is committed to ensuring that patient protections that are vital to people with primary immunodeficiency diseases (PI) and other rare, chronic conditions are maintained and protected. These vital protections are:
- Ensure access to affordable, comprehensive insurance and necessary treatments for people with pre-existing conditions;
- Prohibit annual and lifetime caps on insurance coverage; and
- Limit annual out-of-pocket costs.
Though a ruling may not be made on this case for several months, IDF is monitoring the situation and will continue advocating for the preservation of patient protections vital to the PI community.
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