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June 28, 2012

Statement by HANYS President Daniel Sisto on U.S. Supreme Court Decision to Uphold the Affordable Care Act

ALBANY, NY — "New York's hospitals and health systems are pleased that the Supreme Court decision makes possible the extension of health insurance coverage to 32 million Americans. Insurance will be made more affordable, particularly for those with pre-existing conditions among others who had been effectively shut out of the health insurance marketplace. Achieving universal coverage through affordable and comprehensive insurance is a cornerstone of HANYS' mission.

"This decision will also continue to spur health care providers to reduce health care costs and improve patient care through innovations in the way health care is provided. We already see hospitals and other health care providers in New York making these kinds of changes, even as they face repeated, deep cuts in reimbursement from Medicare and Medicaid.

"As we help providers change and respond to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), HANYS will continue to fight against unreasonable cuts, so that health care providers can reform the delivery system while preparing for the increased demand within their communities for health care services as coverage is expanded.

"While ACA expands health insurance coverage, there will still be millions of Americans without coverage. The challenge going forward for the nation will be to close that gap and achieve universal coverage."

Questions?

William Van Slyke - (518) 431-7770

The Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS) is the only statewide hospital and continuing care association in New York State, representing 500 non-profit and public hospitals, nursing homes, home care agencies, and other health care organizations.

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