Washington, D.C. — In response to today’s news that the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a stay in Braidwood Management Inc. v. Becerra, United States of Care released the following statement from CEO and co-founder Natalie Davis:
“While the Fifth Circuit’s decision to issue a stay in this case is a positive step forward, it is still critical that the Court overturn District Judge Reed O’Connor’s original decision and protect access to preventive services with no out-of-pocket costs for over 151 million people.
“With over half of Americans at risk of losing access to preventive care without cost-sharing, Judge O’Connor’s ruling in Braidwood v. Becerra puts critical services like cancer screenings, HIV prevention drugs, and youth mental health services at risk. The Court must intervene to protect these services, and as this case moves through the appeals process, state policymakers must take action to codify protections for cost-free preventive services at the state level.
“In addition, employers and insurers have a role to play in ensuring their employees and enrollees continue to have access to these no-cost services, and we encourage them to make commitments to maintaining this coverage.
“At United States of Care, we know that people want health care that is affordable, dependable, personalized, and easy to understand. 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. While this stay is a step in the right direction towards correcting this decision, United States of Care will continue to advocate for the Fifth Circuit to correct this ruling. We will also continue to partner with advocates and state policymakers to ensure these services remain protected without cost-sharing for millions of people.”
Additional information can be found at United States of Care’s Preventive Resources Hub.
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