WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) - Among the winners after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld most provisions of the Health Care Reform Act are people with chronic illnesses who feared the return of coverage caps.
"This is a great day," marveled Richard Pezzillo, who lives with hemophilia.
The medicine Pezzillo takes to insure he will not bleed to death from the slightest injury costs $2000 per day. It is a cost he expects will be borne for a lifetime.
"This is what allows me to live a normal life," he said.
Had the Supreme Court rejected health care reform, Pezzillo and many others expected the return of lifetime caps on coverage which might have resulted in Pezzillo losing his insurance in a matter of months. In 2003, his insurer covered more than $1.4 million in costs in a single year.
Before health care reform, most plans with caps cut off coverage at 1 or 2 million dollars. About 55% of plans had lifetime caps. Those plans covered 105 million Americans.