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Statement on U.S. Supreme Court Decision in King v. Burwell

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Statement attributable to:
Bruce Siegel, MD, MPH
President and CEO
America’s Essential Hospitals

WASHINGTON – “America’s Essential Hospitals praises today’s U.S. Supreme Court decision, which maintains access to vital health care services for millions of Americans and supports the hospitals that care for our most vulnerable patients.

“As many as 6 million people stood at risk of losing coverage if the court ruled against premium subsidies. With its decision, the court keeps coverage within reach for individuals and families who otherwise have few affordable options to pay for care they need.

“Essential hospitals also welcome the decision, which reduces uncertainty about uncompensated care and creates greater stability for these hospitals as they work to meet their commitment to serving low-income people and others in need.

“We still have a long way to go to solve the nation’s health insurance crisis and ensure affordable and available care for all people. About 37 million people still lack health coverage in the United States, in part because 21 states still have not expanded Medicaid. We hope this decision will give states the confidence to extend coverage to the millions of vulnerable people who need it.

“Essential hospitals are committed to working with Congress and other stakeholders to achieve this vision for our country.”

 

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About America’s Essential Hospitals
America’s Essential Hospitals is the leading association and champion for hospitals and health systems dedicated to high-quality care for all, including the most vulnerable. Since 1981, America’s Essential Hospitals has initiated, advanced, and preserved programs and policies that help these hospitals ensure access to care. We support our more than 250 members with advocacy, policy development, research, and education.

Contact:
Carl Graziano
cgraziano@essentialhospitals.org
202-585-0102

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Graziano is senior director of communications for America's Essential Hospitals.

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