Doctors are sounding the alarm over a lawsuit that threatens preventive care

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CHICAGO — Led by the American Medical Association (AMA), leading medical organizations representing physicians who provide vital preventive healthcare to millions of private health-insured patients have expressed concern that a federal court case could result in millions of Americans being denied access to preventive measures lose services. Kelley vs. Becerra, a lawsuit before a federal district judge in 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 health care services — at no cost to consumers. One of the ACA’s most popular and widely recognized benefits, the provision resulted in an estimated 151.6 million people receiving free preventive care in 2020 alone.

“In the event of a negative decision, patients would lose access to vital health care services, such as healthy populations,” the organizations wrote. “Our patients cannot afford to lose this crucial access to preventive healthcare services. Reversing this access would undo important advances and make it harder for physicians to diagnose and treat diseases and conditions that, if caught early, are far more manageable.”

The joint statement sounding the alarm against this threat to health care services was signed by 61 organizations.

The full explanation is below:

The signing medical associations and societies represent practicing physicians who provide vital 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 jeopardize healthcare coverage for millions of Americans with private health insurance and reverse positive trends in patient health that are being driven by the early detection and treatment of disease and other conditions .

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

With a negative verdict, patients would lose access to essential health care services, such as immunizations, which are critical to maintaining a healthy population.

Research shows that since the passage of the ACA, millions of patients have benefited from increased access to no-cost preventive healthcare services. For example a January 2022 report from the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) found that more than 150 million privately insured people – including 58 million women and 37 million children – can receive preventive services under the ACA at no cost sharing. In addition, the report showed that the ACA increased colorectal cancer screening, vaccination, contraceptive use and screening for chronic diseases studies have shown a reduction in racial and ethnic disparities in the use of preventive care since the ACA came into force.

Our patients cannot afford to lose this crucial access to preventive healthcare services. Reversing this access would negate important advances and make it harder for physicians to diagnose and treat diseases and conditions that, if caught early, are much more manageable.

Academy of Consultation-Liaison 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 Otolaryngic 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 Medical Leadership Association

American Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

American Association for 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 Gastroenterological Association

American Geriatric Society

American Medical Women’s Association

American Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Society

American Osteopathic Association

American Psychiatric Association

American Society for Clinical Pathology

Association of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery

American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery

American Society for 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 for Neuroradiology

Society for Clinical Oncology

Association of Academic Physicians

Association of American Medical Colleges

endocrine society

GLMA: Health professionals promote LGBTQ equality

Infectious Disease Society of America

National Association of Forensic Doctors

Obesity Medicine Association

Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions

Society for Pediatric Dermatology

Society for Cardiovascular Computed Tomography

Society for Intensive Care Medicine

Society for Hospital Medicine

Society for Interventional Radiology

Society of Thoracic Surgeons

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