Doctors sound alarm over lawsuit threatening preventive care

CHICAGO – Led by the American Medical Association (AMA), leading medical organizations that represent physicians providing lifesaving preventive health care services to millions of patients covered by private health plans have expressed concern that a case in federal court could cause millions of Americans to lose access to preventive care. services. Kelley v. Becerra, a lawsuit before a federal district court judge for the Northern District of Texas, threatens the section of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that requires insurers and group health plans to cover more than 100 preventative health services, at no cost to consumers. One of the most popular and widely recognized benefits of the ACA, the provision has allowed approximately 151.6 million people to receive free preventive care in 2020 alone.

“In the event of an unfavorable decision, patients would lose access to vital preventive health care services, such as screening for breast cancer, colorectal cancer, cervical cancer, heart disease, diabetes , preeclampsia and hearing, as well as access to vaccinations essential to maintaining a healthy population,” the organizations wrote. “Our patients cannot afford to lose this essential access to health care services. Preventive health care Removing this access would reverse important gains and make it harder for doctors to diagnose and treat illnesses and medical conditions that, if detected early, are much more manageable.

The joint statement that sounds the alarm on this threat to prevention services has been signed by 61 organisations.

The full statement is below:

The undersigned medical associations and societies represent medical practitioners who provide vital preventive health care services to millions of patients. We are extremely concerned that a case before a federal judge in the Northern District of Texas could significantly compromise preventive health care service coverage for millions of Americans with private health insurance and reverse positive trends in patient health achieved through early detection and treatment of diseases and other medical conditions.

The Court has scheduled a hearing on July 26, 2022 to determine the constitutionality of Section 2713 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which requires non-grandfathered group health plans and health insurance issuers to provide a coverage for preventive health care services at no cost to the patient. share. For more than a decade, expanding coverage of preventive health care services has had a huge positive impact on patient health. This court case jeopardizes this progress.

In the event of an unfavorable decision, patients would lose access to vital preventive health care services, such as screening for breast cancer, colorectal cancer, cervical cancer, heart disease, obesity, diabetes, preeclampsia and hearing, as well as child visitation and access to essential immunizations to maintain a healthy population.

Research shows that since the enactment of the ACA, millions of patients have benefited from increased access to preventive health care services without cost sharing. For example, a January 2022 report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) found that more than 150 million people with private insurance, including 58 million women and 37 million children, can receive preventive services without cost sharing under the ACA. . Additionally, the report showed that the ACA increased colon cancer screening, vaccinations, contraceptive use and chronic disease screening and studies have shown a reduction in racial and ethnic disparities in the use of preventive care since the enactment of the ACA.

Our patients cannot afford to lose this essential access to preventive health care services. Removing this access would reverse important progress and make it harder for doctors to diagnose and treat diseases and medical conditions that, if detected early, are much more manageable.

Consultation-Liaison Academy of Psychiatry, Inc.

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology

American Academy of Family Physicians

American Academy of Neurology

American Academy of Ophthalmology

American Academy of Otolaryngeal Allergy

American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery

American Academy of Pediatrics

American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

American Association of Clinical Urologists

American Association for Physician Leadership

American Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

American Association of Clinical Endocrinology

American Association of Public Health Physicians

American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology

American College of Cardiology

American College of Emergency Physicians

American College of Gastroenterology

American College of Lifestyle Medicine

American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine

American College of Osteopathic Internists

American College of Physicians

American College of Preventive Medicine

American College of Radiology

American College of Rheumatology

American College of Surgeons

American Epilepsy Society

American Association of Gastroenterology

American Geriatrics Society

American Association of Medical Women

American Foot and Ankle Orthopedic Society

American Osteopathic Association

American Psychiatric Association

American Society for Clinical Pathology

Association of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery

American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery

American Society of Radiation Oncology

American Society for Surgery of the Hand

American Society for Addiction Medicine

American Society of Dermatopathology

American Society of Echocardiography

American Society of Hematology

American Society of Neuroradiology

Association for Clinical Oncology

Association of University Physiatrists

Association of American Medical Schools

Endocrine Society

GLMA: Healthcare Professionals Advance LGBTQ Equality

American Society for Infectious Diseases

National Association of Medical Examiners

Obesity Medicine Association

Society of Angiography and Cardiovascular Procedures

Pediatric Dermatology Society

Cardiovascular Computed Tomography Society

Society of Critical Care Medicine

Hospital Medicine Society

Interventional Radiology Society

Society of Thoracic Surgeons

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