After months of deliberation, the Supreme Court announced this morning that the Affordable Care Act will remain intact and upheld completely. In a 5-4 decision, Chief Justice John Roberts authored an opinion, which was joined by Justices Breyer, Kagan, Sotomayor and Ginsburg, that upheld the constitutionality of the individual mandate because it is a tax. The Court further decided that the Medicaid expansion is constitutional, but that the federal government cannot withhold existing Medicaid funding for states as punishment for states that do not comply with the expansion requirement.
During the two-year debate on healthcare reform, the IMF fought hard on behalf of myeloma patients for specific reforms which were critical to accessing quality care for ALL cancer patients, including:
These key issues were all addressed in the Affordable Care Act. At this time, the IMF will remain focused on the implementation of these reforms to ensure access to care for patients facing a cancer diagnosis.
- The elimination of discrimination based on pre –existing conditions
- The elimination of annual and lifetime insurance caps
- Closing of the Medicare doughnut hole
- Access to affordable health insurance
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