Texas court case could threaten health care for Americans nationwide
WEDNESDAY, July 27, 2022 (HealthDay News) — A federal lawsuit in Texas could end free access to lifesaving preventative healthcare services for nearly 168 million people in the United States with private insurance, suggests a new report.
Kelley v. Becerra seeks to overturn the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requirement that health plans cover preventive health services free of charge. The popular ACA layout improved screening rates for cancer, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, while increasing vaccination rates, according to an analysis published by the Urban Institute and funded by the Robert Foundation. Wood Johnson.
Since its inception, the provision has also increased access to contraceptives and other contraceptives. For example, women saved $255 on oral contraception and $248 on intrauterine devices (IUDs), on average, after ACA was implemented, while unintended pregnancies declined.
The American Medical Association, along with 61 other medical groups, said the consequences of overturning the ACA provision would be drastic and damaging.
“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 in a statement. “Our patients cannot afford to lose this essential access to preventative health care services. 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 case is still pending in the Northern District of Texas. A hearing was held on Tuesday, with the judge hearing arguments in the case.
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