The Cancer Support Community, an international nonprofit dedicated to providing support, education and hope to people affected by cancer, would like to recognize the Supreme Court’s decision today to uphold the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).
The PPACA contains several provisions of significance to people touched by cancer, including:
- Access to health insurance for all Americans – specifically those who are currently uninsured
- Elimination of lifetime coverage caps on health insurance benefits
- Elimination of pre-existing condition clauses, which previously included a cancer diagnosis
- Coverage of young adults up to the age of 26
- Coverage for screening and preventative services, including breast, colorectal and cervical cancer screenings
“This is a step toward ensuring that all people touched by cancer will have access to the care they need in the face of a cancer diagnosis,” stated Kim Thiboldeaux, President and CEO of the Cancer Support Community. “We look forward to working with our Congressional leaders and community members to ensure that the implementation of the law includes access to comprehensive, quality cancer care that includes the seamless integration of social and emotional care.”