FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 25, 2015
Jemarion Jones, 301-628-5198
Adam Sachs, 301-628-5034
ANA Lauds Supreme Court Decision Upholding Affordable Care Act
Tax Credit Subsidies
SILVER SPRING, MD – The American Nurses Association (ANA) lauds the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision today to uphold the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by preserving tax credit subsidies that have allowed more than 10 million Americans to obtain health insurance coverage.
“We are gratified that the Supreme Court ruling will avoid the loss of subsidies that have allowed millions of people to get healthy and stay healthy,” said ANA President Pamela F. Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN. “The Supreme Court has spoken. Now it’s time to finish the work of ensuring Americans get the health care they need by expanding Medicaid.”
The share of adults without health insurance dropped to its lowest level in seven years in 2014 as the ACA took full effect. Without the tax credits, many people would have been unable to obtain health insurance, thus limiting their access to routine preventive care and causing insurance costs to rise due to a sicker population.
ANA has been a steadfast supporter of the 2010 health care reform law and its provisions to expand access to health care; protect consumers; improve the quality of care; emphasize primary care, care coordination, disease management, and prevention; increase community-based care; and utilize nurses to their fullest capabilities as leaders and essential members of multi-disciplinary health care teams. In February of this year, ANA joined an amicus (friend of the court) brief in support of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, respondents in the Supreme Court case.
Alarmed by the growing numbers of uninsured individuals and families, rising costs, and quality-of-care concerns, ANA has advocated for health care reform since the early 1990s and contends health care is a basic human right and that all deserve access to essential health care services.
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ANA is the only full-service professional organization representing the interests of the nation's 3.1 million registered nurses.