Washington, D.C. (June 28, 2012)– Today the Supreme Court of the United States upheld the Affordable Care Act, a law that prohibits insurance companies from discriminating against individuals with disabilities, ends lifetime caps on coverage, and provides vital services and supports for millions of Americans.
“Today’s decision means that millions of Americans will have access to insurance regardless of whether they have a disability. The Supreme Court affirmed that our duly-elected representatives may address one of our country’s most pressing concerns: access to health care, said AAPD President and CEO Mark Perriello. “Whatever the pundits will say, this decision is a victory for all Americans. It means parents of a child with cancer won’t face bankruptcy paying for his treatments because of the insurance company’s lifetime cap. It means a woman with Multiple Sclerosis will receive the same health coverage as her colleagues who do not have a preexisting condition. It means more people with disabilities will be able to live full lives in our communities rather than nursing homes,” he added.
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