Patient Advocates Pleased with 4th District Decision

National Patient Groups Filed Amici Briefs in U.S. Courts of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and the 4th Circuit Supporting Availability of Premium Tax Credits in Federal and State Marketplaces

July 22, 2014 Categories: Advocacy News

WASHINGTON – July 22, 2014 – Below is a joint statement of the American Cancer Society, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Diabetes Association and American Heart Association in response to the decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit:

“After the disappointing decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit this morning, we are especially pleased with the decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, which ensures that people who buy a health plan in either the federally facilitated marketplace or a state-run marketplace can benefit from premium tax credits that help to make the coverage more affordable. Two federal district courts, including the lower court in this case and in the Halbig case, previously ruled that tax credits are available in the federal marketplace under the Affordable Care Act. We hope that additional legal review of this question will be consistent with the 4th Circuit decision and ensure that millions of people with serious chronic diseases can access lifesaving care.”

The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; by helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight. To learn more about us or to get help, call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.

ACS CAN, the nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate of the American Cancer Society, supports evidence-based policy and legislative solutions designed to eliminate cancer as a major health problem.  ACS CAN works to encourage elected officials and candidates to make cancer a top national priority. ACS CAN gives ordinary people extraordinary power to fight cancer with the training and tools they need to make their voices heard. For more information, visit www.acscan.org.

The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight to Stop Diabetes® and its deadly consequences and fighting for those affected by diabetes. The Association funds research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. Founded in 1940, our mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. For more information please call the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit www.diabetes.org. Information from both these sources is available in English and Spanish.

The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – America’s No. 1 and No. 4 killers. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit www.heart.org or call any of our offices around the country.  Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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For media inquiries, please contact Retha Sherrod at 202-785-7929 or retha.sherrod@heart.org.


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