Supreme Court Ruling Moves Health Care Focus to Patient Access and Support for Innovation

IHIF Continues Advocacy Efforts on Behalf of Indiana’s Health Science Industry

Indianapolis – June 28, 2012 – In today’s ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court, justices voted 5-4 to uphold provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).   On each of several counts, the court ruled that the law was constitutional and upheld provisions related to individual health care coverage and requirements for states to expand Medicaid coverage.   While additional challenges to the law are expected as additional provisions come into effect over the next several years, this decision solidifies the basis and constitutionality of the law.

IHIF remains concerned and vigilant about the impact this ruling may have on patient access to important therapies and cures – access that may be endangered by restrictions on funding placed on Medicare and Medicaid insurance programs as state exchanges are formed and an additional 30 million people are expected to be added to insurance rolls nationally.  IHIF has been an advocate for and will continue to support efforts to repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), the foremost obstacle threatening patient access to needed cures and medical breakthroughs; IHIF also continues to monitor developments with the 2.3% excise tax on the medical device industry, which goes into effect in 2013, and advocates for repeal of the tax.

IHIF is supportive of implementation of ACA that ensures patient safety and provides necessary and fair incentives that will encourage innovative medical advances.    IHIF President and CEO Kristin Jones says, “we hope that this ruling provides some certainty and stability to the health care landscape so that employers and innovators can plan ahead on how to best meet the requirements of the law”.

ABOUT IHIF

The diverse members of the Indiana Health Industry Forum generate the collective voice of the state’s health and life science industry.  The Forum connects key stakeholders to: enhance business networks, advocate for member interests, develop workforce skills, and provide strategic vision in the interest of growing the state’s health industry economy and reputation.  Our mission is to make Indiana the premier location to start and grow a health science business. IHIF is the Indiana affiliate organization for the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) and a Supporting Partner Organization for AdvaMed. For more information, please visit www.ihif.org.

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