SOURCE: Lance Armstrong Foundation
AUSTIN, TX--(Marketwire - Jun 28, 2012) - Doug Ulman, President and CEO of the Lance Armstrong Foundation and three-time cancer survivor, issued the following statement today regarding the Supreme Court of the United States' ruling on the Affordable Care Act.
"Today, cancer survivors throughout the U.S. are celebrating. The Supreme Court ruling means they will retain protection from insurance discrimination for pre-existing conditions. Parents of young cancer survivors will continue covering their kids on their insurance until they are 26. Life-saving preventive services, like breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screenings, will be covered with no co-pays or deductibles. The Affordable Care Act's life-saving measures, so critical to cancer survivors and their families, will be preserved and we are enormously relieved that justice has prevailed."
The Lance Armstrong Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization which provides free, bilingual patient navigation services to people and families affected by cancer, supports legislation, policies and funding that further the fight against cancer and support its survivors. The Affordable Care Act contains several provisions critical to cancer survivors and their families. They include:
- Access to health insurance for 32 million Americans who would otherwise be uninsured
- Ending discrimination by insurers against those with preexisting conditions
- Ending arbitrary annual and lifetime caps on health insurance benefits
- Routine costs for clinical trials must be covered by insurance
- Covering young adults under their parents' insurance policy until their 26th birthday
- Covering preventive services like breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screening with no co-pays and no deductibles
About the Lance Armstrong Foundation
The Lance Armstrong Foundation serves people affected by cancer and empowers them to take action against the world's leading cause of death. With its iconic yellow LIVESTRONG wristband, the Foundation became a symbol of hope and inspiration to people affected by cancer throughout the world. Created in 1997 by cancer survivor and champion cyclist Lance Armstrong, the Foundation provides free patient navigation services to survivors with financial, emotional and practical challenges that accompany the disease. Known for its powerful brand -- LIVESTRONG -- the Foundation is also a leader in the global movement on behalf of 28 million people living with cancer today. Since its inception in 1997, the Foundation has raised nearly $500 million for the fight against cancer. For more information, visit LIVESTRONG.org.