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ACS Supports Legislation Promoting Access to Care for Congenital Anomalies

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) joined a coalition of groups in support of the Ensuring Lasting Smiles Act (ELSA), S. 560/H.R. 1379. This legislation recognizes the importance of ensuring access to the care and services necessary to improve or restore function or approximate a normal appearance resulting from a congenital anomaly, such as cleft lip and palate, skeletal and maxillofacial abnormalities, facial paralysis, microtia, hypodontia, and craniosynostosis. Many private health insurance companies cover the preliminary procedures related to these conditions but routinely deny or delay follow-up or corrective procedures, claiming that they are cosmetic in nature. ELSA would require all private group and individual health plans to cover medically necessary services that repair or restore a patient’s anomaly. 

Read the letter of support. For more information, contact Carrie Zlatos, ACS Senior Congressional Lobbyist, at