National Psoriasis Foundation applauds the Supreme Court decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act

National Psoriasis Foundation commends the Supreme Court's decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act and its provisions that will help ensure that the 133 million Americans with a chronic disease, including those with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, have access to the health care they need to live healthy, productive lives.

Individually and together, many provisions of the Affordable Care Act will help improve access to care for the 7.5 million Americans with psoriasis—the nation's most prevalent autoimmune disease—and psoriatic arthritis. Through its expansion of access to health insurance coverage, the Affordable Care Act should result in more people living with psoriatic diseases having access to a life-time of treatment options and adequate medical care to manage their conditions. In particular, we are pleased that insurance companies will not be able to deny people with psoriatic diseases coverage due to a pre-existing condition, drop or limit their coverage or raise their premiums because of their diseases.

As psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis often occur with other serious conditions, such as heart disease or diabetes, it is equally important that these patients will now be able to maintain access to coverage for continuous care. As the cost of health care grows, the Psoriasis Foundation appreciates that financial assistance will be available for those who need it, and that basic medical services, such as prescriptions, will be covered for a larger group of Americans.

On behalf of the 7.5 million Americans with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, we remain steadfast in our commitment to furthering access to care. The Psoriasis Foundation will continue to closely monitor how the implementation of the Affordable Care Act will affect the lives of our constituents.

June 28, 2012