You Have a Chronic Disease: Information on how the ACA benefits those with chronic diseases

What if You Have Diabetes?

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) includes numerous benefits for people living with diabetes. The ACA addresses some key concerns for people with diabetes, including:

What if You Have Cancer?

Individuals living with cancer and cancer survivors often face many challenges when it comes to insurance coverage. Cancer patients and survivors have been denied coverage because of pre-existing conditions. They worry about losing their health coverage if they lose their job, or are concerned about having their coverage canceled because they get sick. Although the Affordable Care Act is not a perfect law, it will make health care more affordable and accessible for people with cancer:

What if You Have a Mental Illness?

The Affordable Care Act will provide one of the largest expansions of coverage for mental health and substance use disorders in a generation. It requires coverage of mental health and substance use disorder benefits for millions of Americans with individual and small group plans who currently lack these benefits. Other key features include:

What if You are Obese?

Over the past 30 years, the number of American adults who are obese has doubled. This has sharply increased other chronic diseases including diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. The Affordable Care Act includes a number of different components to help address and prevent obesity:

Where Can I Get More Information?

A fact sheet developed by the American Diabetes Association about the ACA and diabetes: http://www.diabetes.org/living-with-diabetes/health-insurance/health_insurance-update.html?loc=lwd-slabnav

A booklet created by the American Cancer Society about the ACA and cancer: http://www.cancer.org/acs/groups/content/@editorial/documents/document/acspc-026864.pdf

The Interact for Health website has great articles describing the changes and benefits in the ACA for peoploe with a mental health illness.
http://reform.healthfoundation.org/i-have-a-mental-illness