By Anna Lambertson, Executive Director, Kansas Health Consumer Coalition (KHCC)
Last week’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold the Affordable Care Act was a win for real consumers in Kansas.
The decision was a win for the 25,000 young adults in our state who have been able to stay on their parents’ plan until they are 26. It was a win for the older adults in Kansas who have saved tens of millions of dollars on their prescription drugs. And it was a win for the more than 1 million Kansans with chronic conditions who no longer have to worry about lifetime limits on their health coverage.
Last week’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court will allow for us to move forward with other significant parts of the law, such as a prohibition on insurance denials for adults with pre-existing conditions, and access to an insurance marketplace where hard-working Kansas families could be eligible for tax credits to help them purchase coverage.
These provisions will help many Kansans who are currently uninsured to obtain quality health insurance.
I was lucky to be on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court last Thursday morning as the decision was announced, and I witnessed the excitement of hundreds of supporters as we waited for, and then celebrated the court’s ruling.
Now back in Kansas, I am also getting back to work with partner organizations to support consumer-friendly implementation of the law in Kansas. While our nation’s highest court has ruled on the Affordable Care Act, our work is far from over. We must continue to educate Kansas communities about what’s in the law and how it will help them.
In addition, we must highlight not politics but the very people who are being helped, and will continue to be helped by the Affordable Care Act.
The Affordable Care Act is about improving access to health coverage and bringing peace of mind to consumers – and that’s where we need to stay focused.
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Anna Lambertson is Executive Director of the Kansas Health Consumer Coalition (KHCC). KHCC is a statewide non-profit, non-partisan organization with the mission of advocating for affordable, accessible and quality health care in Kansas.