Today, the Supreme Court issued its ruling on the Affordable Care Act (ACA), upholding the law.
The Affordable Care Act was passed by majorities in both the U.S. House and U.S. Senate, and signed into the law by President Obama in March 2010. Passage of the law was politically contentious, with lots of debate, conflicting information and uncertainty, leaving most people without a clear understanding of the health reform law and what it meant to their own health coverage and care.
Since its passage, a significant number of Coloradans have received coverage, seen cost savings and gained improved access to health care services, including:
- More than 40,000 young adults in Colorado who have gained health insurance
- Nearly 1,200 Coloradans with pre-existing conditions who now have coverage
- Nearly 1 million Coloradans with private health insurance who received coverage for preventive health care with no out-of-pocket cost
- Thousands of seniors who have received rebates and discounts to help cover the cost of prescription drugs
- And more than 121,000 families who stand to receive rebates on average of $227 from insurance companies.
Colorado is also moving forward with plans to open the Colorado Health Benefit Exchange in 2013, which will give individuals and small businesses more information about costs and benefits when purchasing health insurance.
Now that the Supreme Court has ruled, you might be wondering how it will impact the health coverage and care you and your family rely on. What will it mean for families and individuals who have received coverage made possible by the Affordable Care Act? And how will it mean for health care in the future?
Right now, many health care experts in Colorado and across the country are busy assessing the Supreme Court's ruling and determining what it means for you. Below, you will find a list of resources that you can look to for straightforward, credible information to help find answers to your questions.
- Kaiser Health News has up to date information about the impacts of the Supreme Court's ruling.
- The Kaiser Family Foundation Health Reform Source has a wealth of information about the impacts of federal health care reform.
- The Commonwealth Fund has an expansive library of resources to help you understand the ACA.
Here in Colorado, a number of local organizations are also providing information about the Supreme Court's decision on federal health care reform.
- The Colorado Health Institute will provide information, analysis and commentary about how the Supreme Court ruling will affect health care in Colorado.
- The state of Colorado has site dedicated to health reform and check back to the Denver Post's health care blog for updates in the days to come.
- A number of Project Health Colorado partners are also assessing how the ruling impacts Coloradans. Check out our partners here.
We want to know what you think of the Supreme Court's ruling. How will it affect you and your family? What effect do you think will it have on health care in Colorado? And what would you like to see happen next to improve health care?