Braidwood Decision Would End Free Lifesaving Preventive Health Care for 150 Million Americans
Washington, DC — On May 11, 2023, at 1:30 PM ET, Harold Wimmer, National President and CEO of the American Lung Association, Susan Polan, Associate Executive Director for Public Affairs and Advocacy of the American Public Health Association, and Andrew Pincus, experienced Supreme Court and appellate lawyer, will join Protect Our Care for a virtual press conference to discuss the new amicus briefs ahead of the upcoming stay decision from the Fifth Circuit in Braidwood Management v. Becerra. U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor’s March 30 decision would end ACA’s guaranteed free access to essential preventive services. In 2020 alone, more than 150 million Americans benefited from these preventive services.
Judge O’Connor invalidated all of the benefits covered under the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, including lifesaving lung, breast, and colorectal cancer screenings, anxiety and depression screenings for children and adults, heart disease screenings, intimate partner violence screenings, and access to PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis), which can reduce the chance of contracting HIV. The ruling applies nationwide. During the call, speakers will rebut plaintiffs’ arguments opposing a stay and make clear that if O’Connor’s decision stands, it will be a tragedy for millions of Americans’ access to lifesaving health care services.
Harold Wimmer, National President and CEO, American Lung Association
Susan Polan, Associate Executive Director for Public Affairs and Advocacy, American Public Health Association
Andrew Pincus, Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School and experienced Supreme Court and appellate lawyer
Leslie Dach, Chair of Protect Our Care
WHAT: Virtual Press Conference
WHERE: Register for the Event Here.
WHEN: Thursday, May 11, 2023, at 1:30 PM ET