Saint Elizabeth and Catholic Health Initiatives Respond to Supreme Court’s Upholding of Affordable Care ActJune 28 2012
Lincoln, Neb. — Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center and its sponsor organization, Catholic Health Initiatives, are gratified by the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act. CHI’s highest priority is access and coverage for all, and the Affordable Care Act is a huge step in that direction, providing health care to millions of additional Americans who do not now have insurance.
While the law is not perfect, it goes a long way toward helping us all care for those who are most vulnerable and who need our help the most.
With or without the Affordable Care Act, significant delivery system change is underway in health care in this country. And CHI will continue to participate in delivery system reforms that provide coordinated, efficient care; reduce costs; improve health outcomes; and tie payments to value provided as we continue to do everything we can to increase access to affordable care for all.
Catholic Health Initiatives will work with the Catholic Health Association, the American Hospital Association and other groups to champion health care reform that protects life, makes coverage available and affordable and puts our system on a path to reducing costs while providing better and safer care.
CHI remains concerned with one key component of the law, which would require contraceptive coverage for all employees of Catholic organizations. CHI has indicated to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that the only acceptable approaches are to broaden the definition of “religious employers” excluded from the coverage mandate to exempt Catholic hospitals; or to have the federal government provide the coverage itself. CHI remains hopeful that CMS will not infringe on the religious liberty of church-affiliated organizations.
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