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Twenty-four organizations representing millions of patients strongly support the petitions filed today by state attorneys general and by the U.S. House of Representatives that seek expedited U.S. Supreme Court review of last month’s Texas v. United States ruling. 

The coalition issued the following statement: 

“Our organizations, representing millions of individuals and families affected by chronic and serious health conditions, are grateful for the swift action taken by 20 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. House of Representatives. Patients cannot afford to endure prolonged uncertainty about the long-term status of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the critical protections it guarantees. 

“While the ACA remains the law of the land, the December appeals court ruling leaves open the possibility that millions of people with pre-existing conditions will one day find themselves without access to the law’s important patient protections. It is critical that the Supreme Court takes up this case for review immediately and provides a resolution to this case that threatens the foundational protections our communities rely on.” 

Last month, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit struck down the ACA’s individual mandate and remanded the case back to the district court to rule on whether other components of the law, including the future of many key patient protections, remain valid. The petitions filed today request the Supreme Court review the appeals court’s decision that the ACA’s individual mandate is unconstitutional as well as whether, if it is unconstitutional, the rest of the ACA remains unaffected. 

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ALS Association 

American Heart Association 

American Liver Foundation 

American Lung Association 

Arthritis Foundation 

Chronic Disease Coalition 

Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation 

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation 

Epilepsy Foundation 

Hemophilia Federation of America 

Lutheran Services in America 

March of Dimes 

Muscular Dystrophy Association 

National Alliance on Mental Illness 

National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship 

National Health Council 

National Kidney Foundation 

National Multiple Sclerosis Society 

National Organization for Rare Disorders 

National Patient Advocate Foundation 

National Psoriasis Foundation 

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society 

United Way Worldwide 

Women Heart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease 

MEDIA CONTACT: 

Ryan Holeywell
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
ryan.holeywell@lls.org 

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