Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children President and CEO Joan Benso today offered the following statement regarding the U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act:
“The Affordable Care Act marked a major step forward in making health care affordable and accessible to families with children, and we are thrilled the court upheld this landmark law. More than 1.1 million Pennsylvania kids benefit from the law’s prohibition against lifetime limits on care, and 65,000 young adults in Pennsylvania are able to stay on a parent’s health insurance plan because of this common-sense law.
“With the law now upheld, we would urge Governor Corbett and state lawmakers to swiftly move ahead with the creation of a statewide health insurance exchange - a user-friendly, online insurance marketplace that will enable all families with children to obtain and maintain high-quality health insurance in a simplified, streamlined way. Despite Pennsylvania’s universal health care coverage for children, we still have more than 100,000 children in the commonwealth who lack health insurance. The exchange can help us reach these children and their families and ensure every child has access to our health care system. In addition, Pennsylvania should make full use of all options available under the Affordable Care Act.”