To the Editor:
KishHealth System joins the Illinois Hospital Association in applauding the U.S. Supreme Court decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act. Illinois hospitals have long supported the expansion of coverage for the uninsured and reforms to eliminate exclusions for pre-existing conditions and coverage caps to improve the health and well-being of Illinoisans.
While many organizations have been waiting for this ruling to act on health care reform initiatives, Kish and Valley West Community Hospitals and many other hospitals in Illinois already have been working on new and efficient models of health care delivery to improve outcomes and lower costs.
The ruling reinforces our course to continue to improve quality, to focus on programs that manage and improve people’s health to keep them out of the hospital, and to expand access to care as we’re doing through the Community Cares Clinic and KishHealth Physician Group (KPG), where the health system is employing physicians.
KishHealth System will continue to support IHA’s partnership with Governor Quinn and the General Assembly to help guide Illinois hospitals through the intricacies of health care reform including the implementation of the Illinois Health Insurance Exchange. With the healthcare reform law upheld, we urge the General Assembly to pass legislation authorizing and establishing the insurance exchange.
KishHealth System President & CEO