Kevin Downey, Colorado Hospital Association
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CHA President’s Statement on the Supreme Court Ruling on the Affordable Care Act

Date June 28, 2012

Greenwood Village, Colo. (June 28, 2012) — Colorado Hospital Association (CHA) President and Chief Executive Officer Steven J. Summer made the following statement regarding today’s Supreme Court’s verdict on the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA):
“The opinion of the Supreme Court today allows the state of Colorado to continue to focus on what is important—ensuring health care access and coverage for Coloradans—and for that reason, we are grateful for this opinion. Colorado hospitals will continue to work to implement federal and state health care reform initiatives, and we look forward to continuing to assist our member hospitals and health systems in this effort. It’s ‘business as usual’ for us today, and it’s business as usual at the more than 100 hospitals statewide providing care for more than nine million patient visits annually. We will continue to work with policymakers on both sides of the aisle to reform the health care delivery and payment system and reduce the number of uninsured, as well as increase access to affordable care.
“Since 2010, the Affordable Care Act has already provided close to $200 million in funding to various Colorado entities, agencies and citizens. More than 44,000 young adults in this state have gained health insurance coverage through a parent’s plan; more than a thousand Coloradans have gained coverage through the pre-existing condition insurance plan; and more than 973,000 Coloradans with private insurance have received added coverage for preventive services without any cost-sharing. About 40,000 Coloradans with Medicare coverage have saved money on prescriptions thanks to the ACA, and close to 400,000 have received free preventive care. These are real, tangible benefits, and we must all continue to work towards increasing access to affordable, quality health care services for all Americans.”

About the Colorado Hospital Association
The Colorado Hospital Association (CHA) represents 100 member hospitals and health systems throughout Colorado. CHA partners with its members to work towards health reform and performance improvement, and provides advocacy and representation at the state and federal level. Colorado hospitals and health systems are committed to providing coverage and access to safe, high-quality and affordable health care. In addition, Colorado hospitals have a tremendous impact on the state’s economic stability and growth, contributing to nearly every community across the state with 72,000 employees statewide.