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10.31.16 The Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, the health law, included nondiscrimination protections meant to ensure fair treatment of Americans, including people with serious and chronic conditions. However, problems remain despite the goal to prevent discrimination. A recent webinar put on by the California Chronic Care Coalition and The AIDS Institute highlighted this issue and what consumers can do when they suspect their health insurance company is discriminating against them or a loved one. “We’re happy to see progress being made for patients each year but continue to stress that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services must reduce access barriers and clearly define discriminatory behavior in the Marketplaces to ensure patient protections are meaningful,” said Carl Schmid, one of the presenters. Here are five takeaways from the presentation: The Chronic Disease Coalition will continue to advocate for patients’ rights and against disease discrimination. You can see the full presentation by clicking here. If you’d like to learn more about the Chronic Disease Coalition or become a member or partner, please click here.