Bill of Rights


Marcher’s Bill of Rights
En español

The March for Health seeks to protect all the healthcare rights Americans have gained. We insist that if the Affordable Care Act is to be repaired or replaced, it is done only for improvement of care and to cover more people at affordable rates.


As such, we demand that:

  • No one loses coverage as the result of any new legislation or transition period
  • No further steps to weaken the Affordable Care Act are taken in advance of any repair or replacement
  • Medicaid and Medicare continue to remain entitlements
  • Those with pre-existing conditions receive exactly the same rates and the same access to coverage as everyone else without any waiting periods
  • No one is segregated into high-risk pools with higher costs or lower coverage
  • Women receive exactly the same rates and access to coverage as men
  • Healthcare is free of any other discrimination, such as by race, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability
  • Maternity and newborn care continues to be available as a basic service and not sold at a premium rate
  • No yearly or lifetime coverage caps are instituted
  • Dependents can remain on parents’ healthcare plans until reaching age 26
  • Family-planning and contraceptive care for all who want it
  • Services for mental health and substance-abuse disorders are a part of all plans
  • Medical malpractice cases are tried before a jury of peers, not before a tribunal
  • Patients have the exclusive right to determine whether her or his health information can be made public
  • Patients have the right to an independent review of a health plan’s decision to deny benefits or payment for service
  • The following preventative care services continue to be covered without associated copays or coinsurance and regardless of whether any deductible has been met:
    • Well-woman visits and well-child (until age 18) visits
    • Vaccinations for adults and children
    • Tests such as blood pressure, cholesterol, pap smears, type 2 diabetes, gestational diabetes, Rh incompatibility, HPV, HIV, STIs
    • Cancer screenings like colonoscopies, mammograms, cervical, and lung cancer
    • Early autism screenings and lead screenings for children
    • Pediatric dental care and vision screenings
    • Breastfeeding support, counseling, supplies, and equipment
    • Other basic preventative services


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