June 28, 2012

Vice Chancellor Jeff Balser comments on U.S. Supreme Court's Upholding of Affordable Care Act

This morning, the U.S. Supreme Court announced its ruling which upholds almost in its entirety the Affordable Care Act, landmark legislation passed in 2010 which broadens access for U.S. citizens to health care services and health insurance.

The Court’s ruling, upholding the individual mandate and the legislation’s additional provisions, also helps create greater availability for affordable health insurance for all U.S. citizens through the creation of state-managed insurance exchanges.

"Vanderbilt maintains a steadfast commitment toward improving the nation’s health. The Affordable Care Act will allow Americans greater access to health care and health insurance. We are pleased the Supreme Court chose to uphold the constitutionality of this legislation," said Jeff Balser, M.D., Ph.D., vice chancellor for Health Affairs for Vanderbilt University and dean of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

The expanded health care coverage will allow patients to see doctors earlier rather than waiting until they are sicker and care is more costly. The decision upholds funding for important research on the effectiveness of drugs and treatments and protects expanded coverage for prevention and wellness care, which has already benefited about 54 million Americans.