AAPCHO Applauds Supreme Court Decision to Uphold ACA Subsidies
June 25, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
[Archives] Stacy Lavilla
Director of Communications
(510) 272-9536 x110
Message from Jeffrey B. Caballero, executive director of AAPCHO, sent to AAPCHO’s 35 member health organizations:
“Dear AAPCHO Members,
Today, the Supreme Court issued a historic ruling in the King v. Burwell case. It upholds the provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that allows everyone eligible—without regard to where they live— to receive financial help to purchase health insurance. AAPCHO applauds this decision and strongly supports the core premise: that federal subsidies and tax credits offered under the ACA be preserved.
As an organization of Community Health Centers providing care to medically underserved Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders (AA&NHOPIs), AAPCHO acutely understands the impact of ACA on our community. The ACA has allowed our community to access preventive services, ensure they were not denied coverage, and allowed broader insurance access. For some in our community, the ACA was the first time they secured affordable health insurance and were confident their coverage would be available in a time of need.
Maintaining the tax credits means that AA&NHOPIs who already receive the tax credits will be able to maintain their coverage—and that the coverage will be affordable to them. It puts health insurance within reach for disadvantaged communities of color who would otherwise go without health services if coverage became unaffordable. This ruling ensures that we will not see a reversal in the dramatic gains in health and health coverage that hundreds of thousands of AA&NHOPIs have gained in our communities as a result of the ACA.
In January, AAPCHO joined partners in Action for Health Justice (AHJ), as well as through the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) to file two amicus briefs (AHJ’s, NACHC’s) supporting the necessity to uphold the subsidies to ensure health access for the underserved populations that AAPCHO member centers serve. Knowing the importance of this care to our communities, AAPCHO will continue to work with our members in all states to enroll our communities in health insurance and ensure that they are covered.
Jeffrey B. Caballero, MPH