Preserving Access to Preventive Services
In September of 2022, US District Court Judge Reed O’Connor struck down the process mandated in the Affordable Care Act that requires private insurers to cover preventive services recommended by the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) without copay as constitutionally flawed in the case of Braidwood Management v. Becerra. The judge is considering potential remedies to correct the flaw, so could rule that the services do not need to be covered. The treatments at issue include proven screenings for breast, colorectal, cervical, and lung cancers, as well as tobacco cessation. ACS CAN led 16 patient groups representing millions of people with serious health conditions in this amicus brief providing scientific data on how preventive services save lives and are cost-effective. Read our statement.