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Protect Floridians with Pre-Existing Conditions

Copy of Copy of 2019 Summit Save the Dat

The Latest Updates

  • In Florida, an estimated 8,443,600 people (52% of all non-elderly adults), have a pre-existing condition. 1 in 2 Floridians (15 million people) suffer from a chronic condition.

  • This year, State Senator Janet Cruz and State Representative Margaret Good filed Senate Bill 1724, a bill prohibiting insurance companies from dropping coverage for people with pre-existing conditions.

  • The threat to pre-existing condition protections is REAL! On December 18, 2019 a judge (Texas v Azar) struck down a central provision of the Affordable Care Act.

  • The key points of the ruling are:

    • The ACA’s individual mandate provision is unconstitutional.

    • The appeals court did not decide what parts of the ACA should stay or go.

    • The court ordered Judge O’Conner to reconsider what exact provisions of the ACA should remain intact.

  • Judge O’Connor is likely to strike key coverage and consumer protection provisions, including pre-existing condition protections, given his anti-ACA position.

  • Senate Bill 1724 would keep Floridians protected if the ACA protections are ever taken away.

What You Can Do

  • Sign this letter calling on Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody to withdraw Florida from the health care repeal lawsuit.

  • Urge Florida legislators to take action and provide real protection for Floridians with pre-existing conditions.

  • Share your health care stories!

Take Action!

Unfortunately, health care emergencies are never planned events. Something Kyla M., 46 year old mother of 2, found out in 2016. According to Kyla, “At age 43 I was diagnosed with Triple Negative breast cancer. This is the most difficult of all breast cancers to treat.”

After being uninsured for years, Kyla now considers her decision to sign up for a Marketplace plan in 2014 to be one that saved her life. “I made the decision to purchase health insurance through the ACA. Luckily the insurance company was not able to discriminate against me for having a pre-existing condition," she explains.

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