NEW YORK, Jan. 6, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) released the following statement today urging Congress to maintain stability in insurance coverage for patients with chronic illnesses as the process of considering repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) begins:
"For patients living with chronic illnesses like Crohn's and colitis, healthcare coverage is essential to ensure they receive the care necessary to manage their complicated disease," said Michael Osso, President & CEO of CCFA. "Our patients experience numerous barriers to care – including difficult utilization management protocols and high cost of care. Repealing the Affordable Care Act without simultaneously enacting a replacement would not only increase the barriers our patients have to combat, but it would leave many in limbo without certainty that they would have the insurance they depend on for critical doctor's appointments, medications, medical procedures, and much more. If we are to repeal the Affordable Care Act, it must be done so in a way that provides a replacement that will ensure stability in coverage, maintains the basic patient protections enacted by the law, and prohibits insurer discrimination against patients with chronic diseases."