A Connecticut-based group is watching with special interest as the two sides make arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court over the new health care reform law.
Farmington-based “Advocacy for Patients with Chronic Illness” filed an amicus curiae brief in the case. Executive Director Jennifer Jaff says the group feels the only way to have health insurance coverage for pre-existing conditions is to have healthier young individuals pay into the pool.
She put it this way: “All we’re talking about is making sure that people with pre-existing conditions can buy insurance at an affordable rate. Hopefully that will make the system better for everyone.”
Jaff says no one will be required to purchase insurance that is too expensive for them, and subsidies will be available for those who cannot afford to pay. “The only way to really make affordable insurance available to everybody is to require coverage of pre-existing conditions, but also to require that everybody purchase insurance.”