Senate Passes Health Care Reform

This press release is an announcement submitted by ADA, and was not written by Diabetes Health.

Dec 26, 2009

"The passing of health reform in the Senate is a historic moment for our nation and for all people affected by diabetes," commented George J. Huntley, Chair of the Board, American Diabetes Association.

The Senate passed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on December 24th. The American Diabetes Association has been actively engaged throughout the legislative process to ensure that comprehensive health reform will ultimately result in a reduction in the burden of through access for affordable and meaningful health insurance coverage, improving quality of care and health outcomes, placing a greater emphasis on prevention, lowering health care costs and narrowing the disparities in care and health outcomes among minority populations.

The bill contains marks an important and historic moment for people with diabetes as the bill:

  • eliminates pre-existing condition exclusions,
  • guarantees issue of insurance,
  • prevents insurance companies from dropping someone because of illness, 
  • eliminates lifetime caps on benefits, 
  • limits out-of-pocket expenses, and 
  • provides subsidies to those who otherwise could not afford insurance.

People at risk for diabetes also fair well under this bill as it contains important provisions to help prevent type 2 diabetes and the serious and sometimes deadly complications associated with diabetes. These are long overdue improvements to our broken health care system.

While the bill is not perfect, we look forward to working with the House and the Senate to make the bill better as they move to conference. This was an important step in the process.


Source: ADA news release


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