Northwestern Medicine Responds to Health Reform Ruling
By Stephen L. Ondra, MDNews June 28, 2012
Earlier today, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act (ACA), meaning that nearly 32 million more Americans now have access to some form of health insurance. This ruling is just the beginning.
Indeed, now hospitals, health systems and medical leaders alike must analyze results and review the implications. With more Americans covered, there’s an opportunity to create a more stable environment within the healthcare landscape, and Congress and the American people can work together to do that in a way that is much more controlled and manageable.
The Supreme Court ruling will impact nearly every American in some way by offering greater access to healthcare. Some of its changes are already in place, including:
- Coverage cannot be denied for pre-existing conditions
- Preventative care is offered at no-cost
- Dependent children up to age 26 can remain on their parents’ insurance
- Insurance companies will not be allowed to impose huge premium increases
- Lifetime limits on coverage will be removed from health insurance plans
- Insurers will be blocked from dropping coverage of sick patients
What’s most exciting as a clinician is that health reform means that more services are covered and hopefully preventative health services are rendered more routinely such that illnesses are caught earlier in the course of a disease or condition, and that therapy can be administered at a time that is safer and less costly to treat.
And that’s good for everyone.
To learn about other outcomes resulting from the ACA click here to see our official statement. The government also has a website to help Americans understand how they can best take advantage of the ACA: healthcare.gov.