WASHINGTON, April 1, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) President and CEO Scott Serota issued the following statement regarding the friend-of-court brief filed in Texas et al. v. United States et al.
"Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS) companies' core principle is that all Americans, including those with pre-existing medical conditions, have access to quality health coverage no matter who they are or where they live.
Today, we have filed a friend-of-court brief in the federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. Our brief outlines the broad and deep impact that the 2010 law has on people no matter how they get coverage – its reach extends far beyond those who purchase individual coverage or shop through the marketplaces the law established. Millions of Americans who obtain health care coverage through their employers and through government programs, such as Medicare and Medicaid, also would be affected if the law were to be suddenly eliminated.
For 90 years, Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies have provided secure and stable health coverage in communities across the country. Our commitment to protecting our members' health and well-being remains firm, and we have filed this brief on their behalf.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield members can be assured that their current health coverage and the financial assistance they may receive to help them afford it remains in place as this case moves through the courts. We also are continuing to work with lawmakers, on a bipartisan basis, to ensure that all Americans can access the consistent, quality health coverage they need and deserve."
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SOURCE Blue Cross Blue Shield Association