For immediate release: Thursday, June 28, 2012
Contact: Jenny Davies-Schley, 720-296-9545 and [email protected]
DENVER – In a victory for affordable health care for all Americans and Coloradans today the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act. The following is a statement from Dede de Percin, Colorado Consumer Health Initiative executive director:
“This is the best economic news we could have heard. Coloradans will have more money in their pockets because we will continue to reap the benefits of increased access to more affordable health care.
“Colorado families now will have the peace of mind that they will be able to get the care they need when they need it. Sonji and Nathan Wilkes of Parker know that their insurance company will never cut off the treatment their 7-year old son Thomas needs for severe hemophilia because of arbitrary coverage caps. Evergreen’s Dustin and Ariane Speck will not be denied health care coverage due to the pre-existing condition of Dustin’s suffering a stroke at age 41. And 24-year old David Taft in Summit County can continue on his parents’ insurance plan while he searches for a job with health benefits. And small businesses like CAP Management will be able to earn tax credits by providing health care insurance to their employees.
“Colorado has already begun expanding Medicaid coverage because as a state, we believe families should be able to get the health care they need. The Medicaid finding on reimbursements will not effect us.
“And not only has the Court upheld the law but Colorado has spoken – voters rejected an anti-health reform initiative and passed bi-partisan legislation to establish an health benefits exchange. We will continue to move forward with increasing access to quality health care for all Coloradans.”