New York Awaits US Supreme Court Affordable Health Care Decision

Jun 19, 2012

New York State is expected to "press on" with efforts to increase and improve health care coverage, should the U.S. Supreme Court overturn all or part of the landmark 2010 Affordable Care Act. Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.

Regardless of the court decision, it is expected New York will move forward to expand health coverage to the 2-point-8 million state residents who are without it. The Supreme Court is expected to release a decision any day now, and groups like Citizen Action are very concerned, ready to launch reactionary "speak-outs".

New York State Medicaid Director Jason Helgerson told Gannett News the state is proud of its safety net, which he pronounced "one of the most extensive" in the nation.

Kenneth Raske, president and CEO of the Greater New York Hospital Association, suggests New York turn toward Massachusetts - and it's so-called "RomneyCare" plan as a model. 

New York is one of a handful of states engaged in the process of creating state-bases exchanges, where, beginning in 2014, uninsured individuals and businesses will be able to purchase affordable insurance coverage.

The Supreme Court justices could decide to leave the entire law intact. They could rule the entire law unconstitutional. They could conclude that making everyone buy health insurance is unconstitutional, but let the rest of the law stand -  or  - they could determine that the provision expanding Medicaid is unconstitutional, but the rest of the law is fine.

Hospitals and Congressional Democrats who voted for the Affordable Care Act have fingers crossed that the Supreme court will leave it intact.