American Diabetes Association Applauds the U.S. Supreme Court Decision to Uphold the Affordable Care Act

Thu Jun 28, 2012 11:40am EDT

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  ALEXANDRIA, VA, Jun 28 (Marketwire) -- 
The American Diabetes Association (Association), the nation's largest and
leading voluntary health organization in the fight to Stop Diabetes(R),
celebrates today's monumental U.S. Supreme Court decision to uphold the
Affordable Care Act. For the nearly 26 million Americans living with
diabetes and the 79 million who have prediabetes, this decision preserves
their ability to access quality health care that is vital to the
prevention and management of diabetes, and in maintaining overall health. 

    "Today's Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act marks a crucial
victory in our continued fight to Stop Diabetes(R)," said Larry Hausner,
CEO, American Diabetes Association. "This law eliminates health insurance
discrimination against people living with diabetes and provides access to
affordable, quality health care and prevention programs needed to curb
the current diabetes epidemic and prevent its devastating complications,
including blindness, amputation, heart disease and kidney failure."

    Health insurance coverage is essential to leading a healthy life, and our
nation's highest Court has affirmed the validity of the Affordable Care
Act, allowing implementation to continue in a way that will benefit
patients with chronic diseases like diabetes. Upholding the law protects
the important benefits that people with diabetes have already received
since the bill became law, including the elimination of lifetime limits
on health insurance coverage, access to free preventive care, lower
prescription drug costs for seniors, allowing young adults to stay on
their parent's insurance plans, protecting children from being denied
insurance and the development of a successful program aimed at preventing
type 2 diabetes. 

    "Every day, the American Diabetes Association works hard to expand access
to affordable care to prevent, delay and slow the progression of
diabetes," said Hausner. "Upholding the law is a major step forward in
our continued fight as we work toward full implementation of the
Affordable Care Act. People with diabetes, and all Americans, will no
longer be denied access to the health insurance they need, will not have
their insurance run out when they need it most and cannot be
discriminated against based on pre-existing conditions, such as
diabetes." 

    The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight to Stop
Diabetes(R) and its deadly consequences and fighting for those affected
by diabetes. The Association funds research to prevent, cure and manage
diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides
objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their
rights because of diabetes. Founded in 1940, our mission is to prevent
and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by
diabetes. For more information please call the American Diabetes
Association at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit www.diabetes.org. 

    

Contact: 
Susan McCarthy 
(703) 549-1500 ext. 1637
smccarthy@diabetes.org 

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