Health Reform Prevails in Supreme Court
Health | , Talib I. Karim | , Technology Writer | 7/2/2012, 11:53 a.m.
Dr. Cedric Bright, National Medical Association president, called the health reform ruling "a great victory," yet observed that many health providers still don't understand how the law impacts them and their patients.
"Health providers need to know how to participate in an Affordable Care Organization, how they can get funds for electronic medical records and the benefits of using preventative health care," said Dr. Bright. He recommends that as a next step, the Obama administration should sponsor seminars to educate health providers on implementing the Affordable Care Act.
Dr. Mohammad Akhter, director of the D.C. Department of Health, views the case as a win for both the District's residents and its budget.
"[The ruling] means that the 30,000 District residents moved on to Medicaid can stay. It would have a huge budget impact had [the law] not been upheld," he said. While Dr. Akhter points to several new community health centers in the District built using tobacco settlement money, but which depend upon the Affordable Care Act funding to remain operational and thriving, he along with doctors Christensen and Bright, view the Affordable Care Act as just one step in a long march towards the end goal...equal, quality health care for all.
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