Braidwood Decision Ends Free Lifesaving Preventive Health Care for 150 Million Americans
Washington, DC — Today, March 30, 2023 at 2:30 PM EDT, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network President Lisa Lacasse, National Partnership for Women & Families’ Sinsi Hernández-Cancio, American Public Health Association Executive Director Dr. Georges Benjamin, and Andrew Pincus will join Protect Our Care for a virtual press conference to discuss U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor’s devastating decision to strike down a major provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that requires no cost coverage of lifesaving preventive health care services. Today’s decision in Braidwood Management v. Becerra 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 breast cancer screenings, colorectal and other 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 make clear that this decision is a tragedy for millions of Americans’ access to lifesaving health care services.
Lisa Lacasse, President for American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network
Sinsi Hernández-Cancio, Vice President for health justice at National Partnership for Women & Families
Andrew Pincus, Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School and and experienced Supreme Court and appellate lawyer
Dr. Georges C. Benjamin, Executive Director, American Public Health Association
Leslie Dach, Chair of Protect Our Care
WHAT: Virtual Press Conference
WHERE: Register for the Event Here.
WHEN: Thursday, March 30, 2023 at 2:30 PM EDT