Thursday, June 28, 2012
What does the Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act mean for the Kansas City Free Health Clinic?
As you know, today the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. The ruling is an important one, and we are gratified that those in Washington see that change must occur in order for the healthcare system to meet the needs of Americans. We know that here in the Kansas City area alone there are more than a quarter-million uninsured individuals who need access to health care now.
Today's ruling means that there will be expanded insurance coverage for Americans, but it is not a cure-all. There are still many who will remain uninsured or who will not be able to afford the options that are provided to them. The ruling removed the penalty for states that will not accept Federal expansion funds for their Medicaid systems. So there will continue to be questions as to whether state Medicaid programs will be expanding. There will still be thousands of Kansas Citians who will not have access to or be able to afford coverage.
Taken as a whole, for the Kansas City Free Health Clinic today's ruling means we will continue to work in partnership with the other safety-net providers in our community to prepare for changes as the ACA moves toward full implementation in 2014. In anticipation of its enactment, over the last eighteen months we have been laying groundwork to meet the requirements of the Act. Healthcare in this country is dramatically changing, and we are committed to being on the forefront of this new vision of patient care.
While it may take years for the full impact of today to be seen, here at the Kansas City Free Health Clinic we will continue to do what we've done for more than 40 years. Tomorrow at 8:30 a.m. we will open our doors and with the shared efforts of our tireless army of volunteers, see hundreds of patients who need care now.
Thank you for your partnership in our mission, and we look forward to sharing further details of our work.
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