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One Year Later: Patient’s Bill of Rights

By Amanda Ptashkin

In the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights are the first ten amendments.  They are series of limitations on the power of the United States federal government, protecting the natural rights of liberty and property including freedom of speech, a free press, free assembly, and free association, and other rights.  It only seems natural that moving forward, patients have their own Bill of Rights that protect them from harmful practices that make access to care difficult.

As we continue to celebrate the 1 year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, we celebrate the new Patient’s Bill of Rights that means that people with chronic diseases and pre-existing conditions can no longer be put back at the mercy of insurance companies – giving peace of mind to those 129 million Americans that they will never again be unable to find coverage.  Moving forward means that insurance companies will not be able to drop your coverage when you get sick; or limit the care you receive.  It means giving millions of Americans access to the same health care members of Congress get.  To learn more about the new protections that all patients will now enjoy, click here.


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