Supreme Court Rules in Favor of President’s Affordable Care Act
“Today’s Supreme Court decision is a huge victory for Public Health,” states Dr. Martin Fenstersheib, Health Officer for the Santa Clara County Public Health Department. “It will allow us to continue our focus on community prevention initiatives, and on wellness rather than illness.”
According to a White House fact sheet, the Affordable Care Act, which was passed by the Supreme Court today on June 28th, 2012, ensures the following:
• Insurance companies no longer have unchecked power to cancel your policy, deny your child coverage due to a pre-existing condition, or charge women more than men.
• Nearly 13 million Americans will receive a rebate this summer because their insurance company spent too much of their premium dollars on administrative costs or CEO bonuses.
• The law has already helped 5.3 million seniors and people with disabilities save an average of over $600 on prescription drugs in the “donut hole” in Medicare coverage.
• The law’s provisions to strengthen and protect Medicare by fighting fraud will continue.
On a local level, the Affordable Care Act “provides for community-wide prevention activities through transformation grants and support for public policy changes in many areas,” adds Dr. Fenstersheib, “such as preventing tobacco use, obesity prevention, and encouraging physical activity.”
Additionally, “people who suffer from pre-existing conditions will be able to be treated, with no cap on their care,” Dr. Fenstersheib continues. Furthermore, “Children will be able to be covered under their family’s health insurance plan through age 26.”
The significance of being able to take proactive measures towards ensuring optimal health, rather than reactive measures, is that “people without insurance delay medical treatment until it’s very late,” explains Dr. Fenstersheib. “By this point, outcomes are often at their worst, and costs are at their highest.”
What this means for Santa Clara County’s Health and Hospital System, is that “Our system will be challenged to be more efficient through prevention,” states Dr. Fenstersheib, “working to focus on health, and working towards avoiding costly hospitalizations.”
Download White House Fact Sheet