The U.S. Supreme Court decision to uphold the federal health care law is a victory for people with cancer and their families. Without this law, people with cancer will continue to be denied coverage because of their pre-existing condition. They will reach their lifetime coverage limits before they run out of lifetime.
Without health insurance, there is no way a normal family can afford the extraordinary expense of a disease that, unfortunately, has become part of ordinary life.
Some truly beneficial aspects of the Affordable Care Act are already in effect, including proven cancer screenings such as mammograms and colonoscopies at no cost. In addition, insurance companies can no longer revoke coverage when you are diagnosed with cancer or another chronic illness. These provisions are already saving lives.
We can all be proud that Washington state is ahead of the game in implementing some parts of the Affordable Care Act. Our Legislature has worked hard on the first steps of establishing Washington’s health care exchange.
When January 2014 arrives, we will be one of the few states that is ready to help ensure quality, affordable health care for its citizens.