HAP Responds to U.S. Supreme Court’s Affordable Care Act Decision

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The Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) today issued the following statement from President and CEO Carolyn F. Scanlan in response to the United States Supreme Court’s decision upholding the Affordable Care Act:

“Increasing the numbers of individuals and families with health insurance has always been a priority for Pennsylvania’s hospitals. Higher rates of coverage improve access to primary and preventive care, and therefore contribute to better health; assure that more who are hospitalized or need other health care services are covered; and reduce the uncompensated care burden on hospitals. We have supported, and will continue to support, state and federal health care policies aimed at reducing the number of uninsured individuals.

“Apart from today’s decision, Pennsylvania’s hospitals remain committed to the reforms and evolution already underway in health care. This means an unwavering commitment to quality and patient safety through programs that eliminate health care-associated infections, prevent readmissions, and limit complications among the millions of patients Pennsylvania’s hospitals care for each year. It means strengthening the link between quality outcomes and payments to hospitals. And it means continuing programs related to accountable care organizations, health information technology, transparency, medical homes, value-based purchasing, and other initiatives underway to improve the effectiveness and coordination of health care.

“Pennsylvania’s hospitals will continue to work with policymakers at both the state and federal level to continue reforming and improving the health care delivery system while lowering the numbers of individuals and families without health insurance.”

HAP is a statewide membership services organization that advocates for nearly 250 Pennsylvania acute and specialty care, primary care, subacute care, long-term care, home health, and hospice providers, as well as the patients and communities they serve. Additional information about HAP is available online at www.haponline.org.