President Donald Trump signed an executive order on health care that could weaken patient protections. He also announced a plan to stop paying cost-sharing reduction (CSR) subsidies to health insurance companies. Both decisions could negatively affect people with cystic fibrosis.
Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services finalized a rule expanding short-term, limited-duration insurance plans -- threatening access to adequate, affordable coverage for people with cystic fibrosis who rely on the individual marketplace.
On Friday, a federal judge issued a decision in Texas v. United States, finding the Affordable Care Act to be unconstitutional. This decision could ultimately leave people with pre-existing conditions, like cystic fibrosis, without patient protections while also jeopardizing access to adequate, affordable health care coverage.
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation has followed the health care reform discussion closely. While the Foundation has not taken a position on any particular health reform bill, we have consistently and aggressively encouraged officials to include specific reforms that are important for the treatment of cystic fibrosis.
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation joined 28 patient and consumer organizations in responding to new Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) guidance issued by the administration that undermines patient protections granted by the Affordable Care Act.
Responding to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services final rule on short-term, limited-duration insurance plans, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation joined 26 other nonpartisan patient and consumer groups to voice concern that these plans will split the market and jeopardize access to affordable, adequate health care for people living with pre-existing conditions.
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation has joined 11 other patient groups in filing an amicus brief to challenge the short-term, limited-duration health insurance rule, which threatens access to adequate, affordable coverage for people with cystic fibrosis.
The organizations called on Congress to take a bipartisan approach to reform.