Thursday, June 28, 2012

Supreme Court Upholds Most of Health Care Law

This morning, the Supreme Court of the  United States (SCOTUS) came out with their decision regarding the Affordable Care Act, President Obama’s health care law.  The ruling means that Congress did have the power to require nearly all Americans to purchase health insurance.
One exception to the Court’s ruling of the law as constitutional is the enforcement of the expansion of Medicaid.  According to the live SCOTUS blog, “the Court holds that the Medicaid expansion is constitutional, but that it would be unconstitutional for the federal government to withhold Medicaid funds for non-compliance with the expansion provisions.”

AHCA released its own statement immediately following the SCOTUS ruling.  AHCA President & CEO Mark Parkinson stated, “Health care reform includes several components that affect long term and post-acute care providers.  Skilled nursing centers across the country have been implementing the law and preparing for the provisions yet to come.”

In addition, Parkinson pointed out the critical shortfalls in Medicaid funding and cuts to the skilled nursing sector in the last few years: “AHCA/NCAL supports initiatives that create incentives for quality care and help contain health care costs.  We look forward to working with the Administration and Congress to address these critical issues that ensure access to skilled nursing and assisted living care for our nation’s seniors.”

What do you think of the SCOTUS ruling? 

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