Contact: Jean Hitchcock, VP, Public Affairs & Marketing
Statement From MedStar Health
Columbia, MD (June 28, 2012 ) – The United States Supreme Court today issued a very important ruling for the American people and for healthcare providers as it upheld the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). Regardless of our individual political perspectives, as healthcare providers, we provide care for all Americans regardless of their ability to pay. We have viewed the individual mandate, guaranteed issuance of insurance and prohibition of pre-existing condition limitations as key components of meaningful health reform, and we are pleased the Supreme Court has upheld them. We are also pleased that the Court’s decision provides increased certainty about the path forward as we all work to transform the healthcare system in the United States.
As one of the nation’s leading healthcare systems, MedStar Health is working actively with its physician partners to provide more coordinated care focused on quality and service outcomes. Our efforts, which began before the ACA was enacted, are focused on providing the right care, in the right setting, with the right outcomes to residents we serve across Maryland and the Washington, D.C. region. The Supreme Court’s decision will make our efforts more effective and will be good for the patients we serve.
About MedStar Health:
As the largest healthcare provider in the Maryland-Washington, D.C., region, MedStar’s nine hospitals, MedStar Health Research Institute and 20 other health-related organizations are recognized regionally and nationally for excellence in medical care. MedStar Health combines the best aspects of academic medicine, research, innovation and treatments with a complete spectrum of clinical services to advance patient care. MedStar has one of the largest graduate medical education programs in the country, training more than 1,100 medical residents annually and is the clinical research partner of Georgetown University. As a $4 billion, not-for-profit, regional health care system based in Columbia, Md., MedStar is one of the largest employers in the region. Our 27,000 associates, including more than 6,700 nurses and 5,600 affiliated physicians, support MedStar Health’s patient-first philosophy that combines care, compassion and clinical excellence with an emphasis on customer service. Visit us at www.medstarhealth.org