***MEDIA ADVISORY FOR MONDAY, JULY 25 AT 11:30 AM ET***
Kelley v. Becerra Threatens to End Free Lifesaving Preventive Health Care for 150 Million Americans
Washington, DC — On Monday, July 25, 2022 at 11:30 AM ET, Andrew Pincus, Kaye Bender from APHA, and a patient advocate will join Protect Our Care for a virtual press conference to discuss the Kelley v. Becerra lawsuit, which would end the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) guaranteed access to free preventive care. The little known lawsuit was initiated by longtime foes of the ACA, abortion rights, marriage equality, vaccination mandates, and diversity policies, is being argued on July 26 before the same 5th circuit district court judge whose decision invalidating the entire ACA was reversed by the Supreme Court in 2021.
The ACA guarantees access to over 100 preventive health services completely free of charge, including routine vaccinations, well baby and child visits, cancer screenings, prenatal care, contraception, and more. In 2020 alone, more than 150 million Americans used these services. The ACA’s guaranteed coverage requirement applies not just to Marketplace coverage – it applies to health plans offered by employer sponsored, individual, small group, large group and self funded group plans. During the call, speakers will make clear that this case is a grave threat to essential health care services that millions of Americans depend on. Read more about the case and the dire consequences here.
Andrew Pincus, Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School and Partner at Mayer Brown LLP
Kaye Bender, PhD, RN, FAAN, President of the American Public Health Association
DonnaMarie Woodson, cancer survivor and advocate
Leslie Dach, Chair of Protect Our Care
WHAT: Virtual Press Conference
WHERE: Register for the Event Here
WHEN: Monday, July 25, 2022 at 11:30 AM ET