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United States of Care Issues Statement in Response to Ruling in Braidwood v. Becerra 

Published On June 21, 2024

Washington, DC —  Today, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals handed down a mixed ruling in Braidwood Management Inc. v. Becerra that largely upheld the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) free preventive services mandate while allowing specific exemptions for the case’s plaintiffs. As a result, this decision allows protections for more than 100 free preventive care services to remain covered for now. In response, United States of Care released the following statement:

“While we had hoped for a complete reversal of the District Court’s ruling, this decision is a sigh of relief for the 151 million people – including 37 million children – whose access to free preventive services has been hanging in the balance for over a year,” said United States of Care CEO and Co-Founder Natalie Davis. “By overturning part of the District Court’s ruling, this decision protects access to free preventive services like colorectal cancer screenings, PrEP for HIV prevention, and mental health screenings for now. 

“At United States of Care, we hear from people everyday about how much they need a health care system they can afford and rely on. Guided by our listening work and people-centered approach, we work to remove barriers to care and believe that our health care system should make it easier for people to access the care they need – and we know that free preventive services are a critical component of people’s health care. 

“While people’s access to these free preventive services is preserved for the time being, continued access is still at risk,” said Davis. “People can breathe easy for now, but we should be very clear that the fight to protect access to free preventive services is not over.”

More information about Braidwood v. Becerra can be found at United States of Care’s preventive services resource hub


About United States of Care
United States of Care is a nonpartisan organization committed to ensuring that everyone has access to quality, affordable health care.

Adam Wilkerson
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