Promoting access to care for those who need it most.

Our Story

I Am Essential unites diverse national and state patient and community organizations, each representing a unique mission, to ensure access to quality and affordable health care for the millions of individuals and families enrolled in Qualified Health Plans established under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Together we seek to ensure that the needs of all beneficiaries, particularly those with serious or chronic conditions, are met by the Essential Health Benefits through Qualified Health Plans offered in the Marketplace. As the ACA is implemented, our united effort is making a difference by promoting access to care for those who need it most.

  • Our goal is to ensure the Affordable Care Act (ACA) works for all beneficiaries, especially individuals living with chronic or serious health conditions.
  • We bring together state and national organizations that share our goal and speak with a unified voice to advocate for meaningful access to quality and affordable health care for all beneficiaries.
  • We believe in access to health care for all, regardless of one’s illness or disability, and strongly support the ACA’s non-discrimination and other patient protections.

Our Leaders

The AIDS Institute

The AIDS Institute is a national bipartisan, nonprofit organization that promotes action for social change through public policy, research, advocacy, and education. It began as a grass roots community mobilization effort in 1985. Over the years, The AIDS Institute has expanded its vision to become a respected national leader dedicated to supporting and protecting health care access for people living with HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, and patients living with chronic diseases. We achieve our mission through our National Policy Office in Washington, DC; Program and Administrative offices in Tampa, FL, and Research and State Policy in Tallahassee, FL.

The Epilepsy Foundation

The Epilepsy Foundation, a national non-profit with nearly 50 affiliated organizations throughout the U.S., has led the fight against seizures since 1968. The Foundation is an unwavering ally for individuals and families impacted by epilepsy and seizures. The mission of the Epilepsy Foundation is: to lead the fight to overcome the challenges of living with epilepsy and to accelerate therapies to stop seizures, find cures, and save lives. The Foundation works to ensure that people with seizures have the opportunity to live their lives to their fullest potential.

National Alliance on Mental Illness

NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.

What started as a small group of families gathered around a kitchen table in 1979 has blossomed into the nation's leading voice on mental health. Today, we are an association of hundreds of local affiliates, state organizations and volunteers who work in your community to raise awareness and provide support and education that was not previously available to those in need.

I Am Essential Is Partially Supported By a Grant From Pfizer

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