Statement on the Supreme Court Decision Regarding the Affordable Care Act

Statement on the Supreme Court Decision Regarding the Affordable Care Act 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 25, 2015

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Rachel Reiter
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DENVER, CO – Today, the Supreme Court of the United States’ decision on the case King v. Burwell was released. The high court found that financial assistance to help buy health insurance for states who did not create their own state-based marketplace will be allowed. Colorado created their own state-based marketplace. Below is a statement from Health Care Policy and Financing Executive Director Susan E. Birch MBA, BSN, RN. Birch oversees the state Medicaid and Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) programs and serves as a non-voting member of Connect for Health Colorado’s Board of Directors.

“Coloradans can rest assured that today’s Supreme Court decision does not impact the Medicaid and Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) programs, and will not impact those who qualified for financial assistance to purchase private health insurance coverage through Connect for Health Colorado.

Colorado lawmakers chose to establish a state-based marketplace and to expand the Medicaid program. These policy decisions, along with the hard work of local county and community partners, have allowed our state to reduce the uninsured rate to one of the lowest in the nation, fostered a competitive marketplace and have led to reductions in uncompensated care for our hospitals. Having health insurance coverage is and will remain a critical first step toward our goal of becoming the healthiest state in the nation.” 

 

About the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing: The Department administers the Medicaid and Child Health Plan Plus programs as well as a variety of other programs for low-income Coloradans who qualify. For more information about the department, please visit Colorado.gov/hcpf.

 

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