VHHA Response to King vs. Burwell Ruling

June 25, 2015

Access to Affordable Health Care for Millions of Americans, Thousands of Virginians, Protected by Supreme Court Health Insurance Decision

RICHMOND, VA – Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association President and CEO Sean Connaughton issued the following statement in response to the United States Supreme Court’s ruling in the King vs. Burwell case:

“This decision protects vital access to health care for millions of Americans, including nearly 400,000 Virginians, who have purchased insurance through a federally-facilitated health benefits exchange. While reasonable people can disagree on health care policy solutions, there is broad consensus about the need to enable more Americans to access affordable health care. Given that this United States Supreme Court ruling affirms the legality of Affordable Care Act (ACA) subsidies, we must move forward to achieve the shared goal of availing more Americans to high quality health care through private insurance market plans. With this decision past us, the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association is optimistic that federal and state lawmakers can work cooperatively on health care policy that ensures that more Americans have access to our country’s top-flight health care system. VHHA stands ready to work with all parties to that end.”

About VHHA: The Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association is an alliance of 107 hospitals and 30 health delivery systems that develops and advocates for sound health care policy in the Commonwealth. Its vision is to achieve excellence in both health care and health.