25 Patient and Consumer Groups Celebrate the ACA on its 10th Birthday


Washington, D.C., March 23, 2020 25 patient and consumer groups representing millions of people nationwide with pre-existing health conditions issued the following statement in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Affordable Care Act (ACA):

”Now it is more important than ever to acknowledge and celebrate the significant coverage gains and protections for patients as a result of the Affordable Care Act. Today, the nation faces significant challenges as the result of the COVID-19 pandemic, but as a result of the ACA, more than 20 million additional Americans have access to high-quality, affordable health insurance. In the midst of this crisis, it is critical that we acknowledge the impact of the ACA on patients.

“To date, the ACA has had many positive effects on the patients and communities including:

  • Protections for 135 million Americans with pre-existing conditions
  • Access to a core set of essential benefits including maternity care, mental health and substance use disorder treatment, emergency care and preventive services,
  • Allowing children to stay on their parents insurance until age 26,
  • Medicaid expansion for low-income adults,
  • Elimination of arbitrary annual and lifetime coverage caps
  • And many more.

“As we take a moment to acknowledge this progress, we are also mindful that these gains are endangered in the courts. Together, our organizations remain committed to working with Congress to protect and improve this landmark law.”

ALS Association

American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network

American Diabetes Association

American Heart Association

American Kidney Fund

American Lung Association

Arthritis Foundation

Cancer Support Community

Chronic Disease Coalition

COPD Foundation

Epilepsy Foundation

Hemophilia Federation of America

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

March of Dimes

Muscular Dystrophy Association

National Alliance on Mental Illness

National Health Council

National Hemophilia Foundation

National Multiple Sclerosis Society

National Organization for Rare Disorders

National Patient Advocate Foundation

National Psoriasis Foundation

The AIDS Institute

United Way Worldwide

WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease

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