NPF Statement: What does the Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act mean for people with Parkinson’s?

Release date: 6/28/2012

The Supreme Court delivered their decision today to uphold the Affordable Care Act.  For most people with Parkinson’s, their insurance coverage, whether by Medicare, Medicaid or a private insurer, will be unchanged.  While the law is not a perfect solution, implementation should make it easier for the most vulnerable patients — the socioeconomically disadvantaged, unemployed and those awaiting a disability ruling — to obtain access to affordable medications and quality care.

The National Parkinson Foundation believes that all Americans with Parkinson’s should receive quality care regardless of their income or where they live.

We believe high quality Parkinson’s care should include:

  1. Access to an array of tested Parkinson’s medications that are essential to adequately treat symptoms;
  2. Access to reasonably priced medications and surgical therapies;
  3. Access to rehabilitative therapy and counseling that have been proven to improve mobility, reduce falls, enhance daily functioning and improve quality of life;
  4. Access to neurology care that has been shown by studies to reduce complications and to extend lives;
  5. Access to insurance to alleviate the economic burden of Parkinson’s disease.

We will be working with the Parkinson’s Action Network to advocate for issues important to the Parkinson’s community as implementation of the law unfolds.