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Washington, DC [March 20, 2009] -- LCA joined the National Patient Advocate Foundation and other health advocacy organizations to support legislation to ensure that people with chronic, disabling and life-threatening conditions have access to health insurance. The Pre-existing Condition Exclusion Patient Protection Act of 2009 (S. 623/HR 1558), introduced March 17, 2009 in the Senate by Senator John Rockefeller (D-WVA) and in the House of Representatives by Congressman Joe Courtney (D-CT), would eliminate pre-existing condition and exclusions and waiting periods for all individuals regardless of age or insurance type thus allowing access to necessary healthcare services at a critical time for patients. According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, approximately 133 million Americans, or 45% of the population, have at least one chronic disease. All of these individuals are at risk of facing health insurance discrimination due to their health status. The bills have been referred to their respective Committees responsible for health matters.