MAINTAIN THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT'S PROTECTIONS FOR PEOPLE WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS
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Millions of Americans with pre-existing conditions, including children, rely on the mandate in the Affordable Care Act that bans health insurance companies from denying coverage or increasing premiums based on their health status. Insurance coverage for people with pre-existing conditions is vital to survival, as pharmaceutical companies and insurance companies have created a healthcare market that focuses solely on their bottom line. Without insurance coverage, many individuals would be unable to afford their life saving medication, regular doctors visits to properly manage their chronic condition, and would result in more emergency room visits, unpaid medical costs, and a higher mortality rate for those with diseases that are easily treatable.
Why is insurance so important?
Uninsured adults are at least 25 percent more likely to die prematurely than adults who have private insurance.
- The uninsured are less likely to have a usual source of care outside of the emergency room.
- Uninsured adults are five times less likely to have a regular source of care than the insured (55 percent versus 11 percent).
- More than half (51 percent) of the uninsured adults who tried to find a new primary care doctor in the past three years reported that it was “somewhat difficult” or “very difficult,” with one in five (20 percent) responding that it was “very difficult.”
- More than two in five uninsured adults (41 percent) reported that a doctor’s office or clinic from which they sought primary care would not accept them as a new patient.
- The uninsured often go without screenings and preventive care.
- Uninsured adults are nearly four times more likely than insured adults to delay or forgo getting a preventive care screening due to cost (36 percent versus 10 percent).
- Uninsured women over the age of 50 were about half as likely to have gotten a mammogram in the past two years as insured women (42 percent versus 79 percent).
- Lower-income uninsured people (those with incomes below 250 percent of the federal poverty level) aged 50 to 64 were five times less likely (10 percent versus 50 percent) than insured people in the same age group to have gotten a colon cancer screening in the past five years.
- Uninsured adults are more likely to be diagnosed with a disease in an advanced stage. For example, uninsured women are substantially more likely to be diagnosed with advanced stage breast cancer than women with private insurance,as are uninsured people with colorectal cancer.
- Uninsured adults are at least 25 percent more likely to die prematurely than adults with private health insurance.
If Insurance Companies are allowed to return to old practices prior to the legal mandate in the Affordable Care Act, these statistics for the uninsured population will become a reality once again. Do NOT allow politicians to use American lives as pawns in their political games. Every single one of these politicians either has a pre-existing condition or has someone in their family with a pre-existing condition, but their concerns are minimal with their tax payer sponsored health coverage through their elected positions.
As a mother to a child with a chronic disease, and with the price of his life saving medication being over $1,000 monthly, I would not be able to KEEP MY CHILD ALIVE without healthcare coverage. I will fight against repeal of this mandate with every breath in my body and if the US Government has not already realized through recent events related to immigration, the ability for the American people to get mad and mobilize, they will if they continue to attack the most vulnerable of populations.
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