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Supreme Court’s ACA ruling a victory for people with disabilities

The U.S. Supreme Court rejected another challenge to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in a 7-2 ruling. The case, Texas v. California, is the third time the Court has ruled in favor of the Obama-era healthcare legislation.

“This is a huge victory for people with disabilities,” said National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) Executive Director Curt Decker. “Without the Affordable Care Act, many people with disabilities could never find health care on the open market or faced annual and lifetime coverage caps, putting them at risk of institutionalization, poverty, and even death.”

The ruling underscores the importance of healthcare as a basic human right that impacts the wellbeing of every individual, family budgets, the economy and our values as Americans. People with disabilities will continue to have access to quality healthcare and long-term home and community-based care through an expansion of the state-run Medicaid system.

According to the NDRN, the Court’s decision will ensure that health insurance companies cannot deny coverage based on preexisting conditions or discriminate based on an individual’s health status or disability. Also, millions of young adults under the age of 26 will continue to be covered through market reforms made possible by the ACA, a critical piece of the legislation that supports young people with disabilities and their families.

“Access to good quality, affordable health care is essential for people with disabilities to remain in their own homes in the community,” continued Decker. “The Court’s ruling is a huge relief to everyone who supports independence and community living for people with disabilities. NDRN will continue to build on the success of the Affordable Care Act to ensure affordable, accessible community-based healthcare for all people with disabilities.”

Source: National Disability Rights Network

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