Improving Access to Care in ACA Marketplace Plans

The Epilepsy Foundation is leading advocacy activities at the state and federal level to improve access to care by urging policy makers to address limited benefits, high cost-sharing, and lack of transparency and uniformity in Marketplace plans created by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).  These barriers make it hard for individuals, especially those living with chronic health conditions like epilepsy, to access the care they need.

The Epilepsy Foundation is committed to the successful implementation of the ACA. Many people, who have been denied access to health insurance in the past because of denials and exclusions for pre-existing conditions, as well as unaffordable premiums, can now gain meaningful access to quality and affordable care. At the same time, new enrollees, especially those with chronic health conditions, are still facing barriers to care, including discriminatory benefit designs that limit access, such as restrictive formularies and inadequate provider networks; high cost-sharing; and a lack of plan transparency that may deprive consumers of information that is essential to making informed enrollment choices.

I Am Essential

As a leader of the I Am Essential campaign, we recently brought together more than 300 groups in a letter sent to HHS Secretary Burwell urging her to reduce barriers to care in Qualified Health Plans offered in the Health Insurance Marketplace. We are building on the success of the letter through targeted state and federal advocacy activities. Read the letter at   I Am Essential Sign On Letter to HHS.


News Stories

Media coverage of the I Am Essential campaign and other ACA News


Getting Started in the MarketplaceTools and resources for searching for and comparing plans in the Health Insurance Marketplace

Affordable Care Act (ACA) BackgroundLearn more about the ACA and the Epilepsy Foundation's advocacy leading up to and after passage of this legislation