Health Care Reform Upheld by Supreme Court: Uninsured to Shrink by 74 Percent
This morning, the US Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act, putting quality, affordable health care securely on the horizon for hundreds of thousands of Washingtonians. Beginning in 2014, more than 800,000 people without health insurance can gain coverage, reducing the number of uninsured by 74 percent.
While the court upheld the law in its entirety, it ruled that states are not required to expand Medicaid, a key provision of the law. But it would be foolish for policymakers not to move forward with expansion. This provision alone would expand coverage to an estimated 330,000 people in 2014 and would be fully funded by the federal government for the first three years.
Continued implementation of federal health care reform will ensure access to quality, affordable health care for all Washingtonians- key to creating a healthy workforce, reducing overall costs, and helping children do better in school.
Read our series on the impact of health reform in Washington state here.