Rich Umbdenstock, AHA President and CEO
The Supreme Court's decision on the Affordable Care Act clears up a few things. First and foremost, millions of people can look forward to health care coverage, making your efforts to work to build a healthier community more fruitful than ever. Also, the hard work hospitals are putting into transforming health care by improving care and reducing costs is even more important now. Clarity on other matters is still off into the future, however. The ruling leaves it up to the states to decide whether to participate in Medicaid expansion - and how they would exercise that option is a question mark. Of course, the next chapter on the Affordable Care Act will be written after the polls close in November; whatever happens, the AHA will continue to work toward coverage for all, wellness, quality, affordability and the best information on which all stakeholders can make critical decisions.