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State Legislators Applaud SCOTUS Ruling, Pledge to Implement Affordable Care Act Fully and Quickly

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Thursday, June 28, 2012
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State Legislators Applaud SCOTUS Ruling, Pledge to Implement Affordable Care Act Fully and Quickly

Following Supreme Court Decision, National Group of State Lawmakers Pledges to Continue Full Steam Ahead Implementing the Law

New York, NY – Immediately following today’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, leading state legislators from across the nation are already pledging to continue implementing the provisions of the law as fully and quickly as possible, as the focus of health care reform once again returns to the states.

“Today, the Supreme Court agreed with the vast majority of constitutional scholars that the Affordable Care Act is indeed constitutional – and state legislators are prepared to move full steam ahead in fully implementing the law,” said Progressive States Network Executive Director Ann Pratt. “Once again, states will be the focus of national attention on health care, and responsible state legislators are prepared to lead.”

Many of the reforms in the Affordable Care Act upheld by in today’s decision by the Supreme Court originated in the states, noted Maine State Representative Sharon Treat, who predicted that today’s decision may lend even more momentum to state lawmakers continuing to innovate on health care.

“The Affordable Care Act was modeled after successful state-level health reforms,” said State Representative Treat, a member of the Working Group of State Legislators for Health Reform, a national group of state legislators working to ensure that millions in their states have access to affordable care. “With the Supreme Court’s ruling finally out of the way, it is up to states to continue to build on the foundation that the law created by developing innovative solutions to improve the quality and affordability of health care in a way that makes the most sense in each of our individual states.”

Connecticut State Representative Elizabeth Ritter, another member of the Working Group of State Legislators for Health Reform, promised that the progress made by her state – one of eleven that have adopted laws establishing a health insurance exchange – would be quickly replicated across the nation after today’s decision.

“The Affordable Care Act has helped to provide a fundamental necessity to the people we serve,” said State Representative Ritter. “I am proud to be a strong supporter of the law and will remain committed implementing it fully to ensure that our constituents have affordable and quality health care coverage. Now that the Supreme Court has ruled, we fully expect other states to follow the lead of Connecticut and others who have already enacted legislation to create health insurance marketplaces to expand access and choice for consumers.”

Three years ago, a group of 32 state leaders from across the country founded the Working Group of State Legislators for Health Reform to advocate for federal action on health care. Since then, the Working Group has grown to include legislators from nearly every state.

Earlier this year, over 500 state lawmakers from all 50 states, working with the Working Group of State Legislators for Health Reform in conjunction with the Constitutional Accountability Center and Progressive States Network, filed two Amicus Briefs defending the constitutionality of provisions of the Affordable Care Act.

“From the founding of our working group three years ago until now, our members have been on the front lines working to protect the health security of the families we represent,” said State Representative Treat. “We have advocated for a national approach that makes health care affordable for most middle class families who today struggle to afford it.  Now we are working to implement the law fully, so that the preventive care, insurance rate reforms, and purchasing subsidies can benefit small businesses and families in our states as soon as possible."

(Note: State Representative Treat (ME) and other members of the Working Group of State Legislators for Health Reform from across the nation are available for comment on how the Supreme Court's ruling today will affect the states. Contact: cmonaco@progressivestates.org.)

 

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About the Working Group of State Legislators for Health Reform:
The Working Group of State Legislators for Health Reform is a national group of state legislators focused on advancing health reform at the state level including the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

About Progressive States Network:
Progressive States Network (www.progressivestates.org) is a non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the work of progressive state legislators around the country and to the advancement of state policies that deliver on issues the issues that matter to working families: strong wage standards and workplace freedom, balancing work and family responsibilities, health care for all, smart growth and clean energy, tax and budget reform, clean and fair elections, and technology investments to bridge the digital divide.

 

 

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