Supreme Court Watch: What the Ruling on Health Reform Means for New York

UPDATE: Supreme Court upholds major provisions of the Affordable Care Act, including the individual mandate. Medicaid expansion remains; but federal government can't penalize states that refuse to participate.

Our statement here

All eyes are currently turned to the U.S. Supreme Court, where the justices are expected to announce their ruling on the Affordable Care Act on Thursday, June 28th at 10:00 a.m.  Everyone is asking:  will the President's signature health law be upheld?

Here at CSS, we are asking a different question: what will the ruling mean for New York? 

CSS's Elisabeth Benjamin, Vice President of Health Initiatives, has put together a briefing, which reviews key features of the law, highlights the benefits New Yorkers have already experienced, and outlines a variety of possible outcomes from the Supreme Court decision. We then discuss how each potential scenario could impact New York.  Read more (PDF).

Some highlights:

  • If the law is upheld, New York will benefit from $4.7 billion in subsidies and Medicaid savings; and an additional 1 million New Yorkers will gain health insurance coverage.
  • Under the law already, more than 160,000 young adult New Yorkers have found coverage on their parents' plans; 2 million New Yorkers on Medicare have received free preventive care; and 73,000 people have been helped by New York State's consumer assistance program.
  • Even if key provisions of the law are struck down, many of these benefits will remain. 

Our partners at Health Care for All New York (HCFANY) will be holding a series of events around the state to respond to the ruling and outline next steps for advocates.  We'll be joining them at 5:30 p.m. in Foley Square

And don't miss Elisabeth Benjamin discussing the ruling on Democracy Now! 

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