Chad Riedy, an adult with cystic fibrosis, served as a witness on Wednesday before the House of Representatives' Education & Labor Committee at a hearing on the threats faced by workers with pre-existing conditions.
One hundred fifty advocates, backed by more than 5,000 connections from an additional 1,600 cystic fibrosis advocates across the country rallied behind protections for people with pre-existing conditions, like CF, during the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's 13th annual March on the Hill.
Yesterday, President Donald J. Trump signed the Right to Try bill into law. The House approved the bill last week and the Senate passed it last summer.
The package of tax reforms expected to be signed into law includes several provisions that will impact some people with cystic fibrosis.
This year, Cystic Fibrosis Advocates inspired new champions in Washington, D.C. and in state capitols across the country to take action on critical CF-related issues.
Chad Riedy and Jaclyn and Drew Strube will help lead the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's advocacy work to inspire action and help shape public policies that help people with CF access high-quality, specialized care.
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 recently signed on to a letter with more than 70 organizations in opposition to the Right to Try Act, which passed in the House of Representatives earlier this month.
The event, held at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, aimed to educate members of Congress on the impact of the proposed rule to expand short-term insurance plans on people with serious and chronic health conditions.
More than 200 CF advocates from 47 states held nearly 400 meetings with members of Congress and their staff, and more than 850 advocates from across the country called their members of Congress as part of the CF Foundation's first March on the Hill online Day of Action.