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Supreme Court Upholds Key Provisions of Health Reform Millions of Immigrants Expected to Gain Coverage


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Press Contact: Thanu Yakupitiyage,  Main Phone: 212-627-2227 x235,  E-mail: tyaku@thenyic.org
New York City  (Thursday, June 28, 2012)

Supreme Court Upholds Key Provisions of Health Reform Millions of Immigrants Expected to Gain Coverage

In a major victory for public health, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 today to uphold the key provisions of the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), including the “individual mandate,” which requires most Americans to purchase health insurance or pay a fine.  The Court limited the federal government’s ability to enforce the ACA’s Medicaid expansion provisions, but states will still have the option to opt into Medicaid expansion.   Now that the Supreme Court has given the ACA the green light, immigrant New Yorkers will be one of the greatest beneficiaries of the law’s expanded insurance coverage.  Under full ACA implementation, 6 million more Latinos nationwide would become insured, increasing their coverage by 18.2%.   Asians and other groups would increase their insurance coverage by 10%.   Millions of New Yorkers have already benefited from the ACA’s provisions, and Governor Cuomo issued an Executive Order establishing a New York State Health Insurance Exchange last April. 

The New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC), as a part of Health Care for All New York (HCFANY), a statewide coalition of over 130 consumer groups seeking quality, affordable coverage for all New Yorkers,  joined with Assemblymember Dick Gottfried, Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer, and other elected officials today at Foley Square to celebrate the ruling.

Chung-Wha Hong, executive director of the NYIC, said, “The New York Immigration Coalition applauds the Supreme Court’s decision today, which will enable the United States to move forward with our plans to reform our health care system and expand coverage to millions nationwide.  Noncitizen immigrant New Yorkers, who are three times more likely to be uninsured than citizens, will particularly benefit from the ACA’s implementation, which will offer them access to affordable insurance coverage. Building on this victory, we will continue to fight to support our state’s safety net system, which will continue to be important for undocumented New Yorkers and others who will remain uninsured under the ACA. Providing all New Yorker’s access to quality health care, regardless of ability to pay or legal status, leads to a stronger, healthier New York.”




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