Earlier this week, the Foundation signed on to a letter to President-elect Trump and congressional leadership explaining the critical role that high quality and affordable health insurance plays in helping our community access essential treatments and care. We expressed our desire to work together in creating a health care system that benefits all Americans.
Over 70 patient groups joined the letter. The full text can be found below.
December 14, 2016
President-elect Donald J. Trump
1800 F Street, NW
Washington, DC 20405†
Dear President-elect Trump:
The next four years present an opportunity to build a health policy agenda for all Americans. We write on behalf of the millions of Americans living with chronic, serious and life-threatening diseases who need access to affordable health insurance and quality health care.†
The individuals we represent have daily health care demands that can span the course of a lifetime. Every day, this population grapples with managing their health needs while navigating complex insurance plans within a fragmented delivery system.
Americans who rely heavily on the health care system must be assured of adequate and affordable insurance that covers their health care needs. The high cost of care and inadequate insurance has led many to skip or delay care. They deserve a health care system that will help enable them to lead longer, healthier lives. ††
Policies that expand access to coverage, such as those that prevent preexisting condition exclusions and allow young people to remain on their parentsí plans until age 26, are critically important to this population. These policies alone, however, are not enough to ensure meaningful access to health care.
We look forward to working with you and your Administration to ensure that the needs of the patients we represent are fully considered as the health insurance and health care systems are reevaluated.†
Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network (BCAN)