Statement Regarding the Anniversary of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

Alexandria,
March 23, 2011

One year ago today, we witnessed a historic moment for people with diabetes and for those at risk for diabetes – the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. For the nearly 26 million Americans living with diabetes and the additional 79 million who have prediabetes, this landmark bill ends discrimination based on diabetes and other pre-existing conditions; provides affordable diabetes care and prevention; eliminates annual and lifetime limits on health insurance benefits; and established a significant program aimed at preventing type 2 diabetes.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ensures that insurance companies cannot deny health coverage to people based on pre-existing conditions, including diabetes, or force them to pay more for coverage simply because they have a chronic disease. Before this bill, even individuals with health insurance often had no coverage for diabetes needs, leaving them burdened with additional costs coupled with the cost of insurance. This lack of affordable access left many people without the care they needed including the doctor visits, insulin, medicines and test strips necessary to managing diabetes. Because of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, our country has committed to enabling all Americans to have the tools to care for their diabetes and to prevent its horrific and costly complications such as amputations, blindness and kidney dialysis.

We must, as we continue the movement to Stop Diabetes®, expand access to affordable care to prevent, delay or slow the progression of diabetes. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act provides the programs and tools needed to continue this fight. As we mark the one year anniversary of this landmark legislation, let us commit ourselves to implementing these gains and to providing quality care for all Americans.

- John W. Griffin, Jr., Chair of the Board

The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight to Stop Diabetes and its deadly consequences and fighting for those affected by diabetes. The Association funds research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. Founded in 1940, our mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.

For more information please call the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETES (800-342-2383) or visit www.diabetes.org. Information from both these sources is available in English and Spanish.