The recent announcement of bipartisan legislation to help stabilize the health insurance markets, while also providing protection for pre-existing conditions, is an important step forward in the ongoing health care debate. We applaud U.S. Sens. Lamar Alexander and Patty Murray for their leadership on the issue and strongly encourage U.S. Sen. John Kennedy to co-sponsor this bill. It is imperative that the health insurance markets are stabilized while also ensuring quality health insurance is affordable and available to all.

Additionally, as the proposal makes its way through the legislative process, we call on Kennedy to protect the thousands in Louisiana suffering from lung diseases such as asthma and emphysema by protecting pre-existing condition coverage. The American Lung Association supports this effort and look forward to working with Kennedy to ensure that all Louisiana residents have affordable, quality health insurance.

Martha Bogdan

executive vice president, Southeast Region American Lung Association