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Tell Senators to Preserve Protections for Chronic Disease Patients
The American Brain Coalition (ABC) has supported a set of healthcare reform principles for many years and now that reform is being actively considered again, we believe that it is time to remind Congress of these points, particularly as they relate to those with pre-existing conditions and the quality of life for neurological and psychiatric patients and their families.
The American Health Care Act (AHCA) passed the US House of Representatives on May 4, 2017 and if enacted, would have significant impacts on the healthcare of those afflicted with a chronic disease or condition. Under AHCA, patients with pre-existing conditions would still be eligible to purchase insurance, but the bill would not guarantee patients affordable care or coverage for the exact services they need to manage their disease or condition. The Senate is now actively crafting its own "repeal and replace" legislation. At this crucial time, it is important to reach out to the two Senators from your state, educate them about unique challenges faced by individuals with chronic conditions, and ask for their support in maintaining patient protections in the Senate healthcare reform bill.
 In particular, we urge you to relay that:
  • Pre-existing conditions, such as neurological and psychiatric conditions, should not be a barrier to patients receiving coverage or result in them being charged a higher premium.
  • Essential health services can and should be accessible and affordable, particularly to address the special needs of people living with long-term neurological and psychiatric disorders.
  • Current protections against annual and lifetime caps on health benefits must be continued.
  • Coverage of treatment and medication for mental illnesses, including alcohol and substance addiction, should be equal to the coverage of treatment and medication for medical illnesses, thereby ensuring true mental health insurance parity.
AHCA falls short of the promise made by members of Congress to protect those with pre-existing conditions and it is time to urge the Senate to make the necessary changes to help those patients in most need. We need your voice!
 
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