BUFFALO, NY - Health insurance companies and hospitals in Western New York are reacting to the Supreme Court's ruling on President Obama's health care plan.
BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York, the largest health insurer in Western New York, says they are "committed to adhering to the United States Supreme Court's ruling regarding the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
"For more than 75 years, we have been committed to provide high-quality health care coverage, offering security and stability to our members," said BlueCross BlueShield President and CEO Alphonso O'Neil-White. "As we continue to implement the law, we will work with policymakers to resolve provisions in the Affordable Care Act that result in increased costs. On behalf of our BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York members, we will continue to lead efforts in local communities -- partnering with doctors, nurses, hospitals, and others -- to help people stay well, control costs, improve quality and better manage their care when they need it.
"We've seen many changes in health care over the years. The one thing that hasn't changed -- and will not change -- is our commitment to providing our members security and stability when it comes to their health care."
Kaleida Health, which is the largest health care provider in WNY, released the following statement regarding the Supreme Court decision to uphold the 2010 Affordable Care Act:
"Now that the Supreme Court has announced its decision, we must move forward as a nation," said James R. Kaskie, the president and CEO of Kaleida Health. "The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA; Public Law 111-148), while controversial and complex, has helped engender a national debate and discussion about the need to change our health care system. Simply put, we must continue to find ways to improve quality and access while reducing cost and variation in care.
"Here in Western New York, we are building a healthier future. We continue to work with our physicians, nurses, and staff to revolutionize and re-engineer our health care delivery system. Together, we are creating centers of excellence, eliminating duplication, right-sizing, and most importantly, improving the quality of care for the patients we serve."