American Diabetes Association® Opposes Affordable Care Act Repeal Without Immediate Replacement


Michelle Kirkwood

Arlington, Virginia
December 14, 2016

Association calls for simultaneous, alternative plan that maintains or improves coverage for millions of people with—and at risk for—diabetes

As the leading voice for the nearly 30 million Americans living with diabetes and 86 million more with prediabetes, the American Diabetes Association (Association) expressed strong opposition to repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) without a simultaneous alternative in a letter sent to Congressional leadership yesterday.

“The ACA provides numerous health insurance protections for people with, and at risk for, diabetes and has greatly improved access to adequate and affordable health insurance,” the letter reads. “The Association strongly opposes going back to a time when people with diabetes were routinely denied health insurance or forced to pay exorbitant premiums simply because they have diabetes; when treatment for preexisting conditions like diabetes could be excluded from coverage; when people could find their insurance coverage was no longer available just when they needed it most; when individuals with diabetes were locked into a job because they could not otherwise obtain adequate health insurance for themselves or their families; and when seniors in the Medicare Part D donut hole had to pay for 100 percent of their drug costs.

“Congress should not risk critical advancements made under the ACA without simultaneously enacting a replacement plan that maintains or improves existing access to comprehensive, affordable health care coverage.”

The Association highlighted that the ACA ended fundamental inequities for people with diabetes, and urged Congress to ensure that a replacement meets the minimum standards of:

  • Providing health insurance coverage for at least the same number of people as under the ACA;
  • Ensuring continuous availability of health insurance coverage, regardless of a person’s circumstances;
  • Ensuring access to adequate and affordable health insurance for everyone, no matter their health status, income, age, or employment; and
  • Continuing to prioritize prevention, including prevention of diabetes and its complications.

To see the full letter, click here.

About the American Diabetes Association

Nearly half of American adults have diabetes or prediabetes; more than 30 million adults and children have diabetes; and every 21 seconds, another individual is diagnosed with diabetes in the U.S. Founded in 1940, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) is the nation’s leading voluntary health organization whose mission is to prevent and cure diabetes, and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. The ADA drives discovery by funding research to treat, manage and prevent all types of diabetes, as well as to search for cures; raises voice to the urgency of the diabetes epidemic; and works to safeguard policies and programs that protect people with diabetes. In addition, the ADA supports people living with diabetes, those at risk of developing diabetes, and the health care professionals who serve them through information and programs that can improve health outcomes and quality of life. For more information, please call the ADA at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit Information from both of these sources is available in English and Spanish. Find us on Facebook (American Diabetes Association), Twitter (@AmDiabetesAssn) and Instagram (@AmDiabetesAssn)