Jun. 28, 2012

The LFA Salutes the Supreme Court’s Decision to Uphold the Affordable Care Act

People with Lupus Retain Protections Under the Health Care Reform Law

The Supreme Court today upheld the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. The long-awaited ruling is in response to a lawsuit challenging Congress’ decision to pass and the President to sign into law the Affordable Care Act in March 2010, which puts in place comprehensive health insurance reform that will hold insurance companies more accountable; lower health care costs; guarantee more health care choices; and enhance the quality of health care for all Americans.

The Lupus Foundation of America (LFA) is very pleased with the Supreme Court’s ruling in support of the Affordable Care Act, which will keep provisions of the legislation in place that protect people with lupus.

Some parts of the Affordable Care Act, including coverage extended to young adults up to age 26 and elimination of pre-existing condition exclusions for children under 19, have already been implemented. By 2014, people with lupus who have been unable to obtain health coverage will be able to buy health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. All provisions of the plan are slated to be rolled out by 2014.

The LFA, along with its nationwide network of chapters and support groups, is continuing ongoing comprehensive initiatives to educate Members of Congress on health care issues that are important to people with lupus, and will continue working diligently with Congress and state and federal agencies to ensure people with lupus are protected throughout the roll-out of the Affordable Care Act and beyond.

For more information on the implementation of these regulations, please visit the Health Care Reform Implementation section of our Web site at www.lupus.org/advocacy or visit www.healthcare.gov

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