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June 28, 2012

  Nelly Robles    202-434-8070

National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators (NHCSL) Applauds Supreme Court Decision to Uphold Key Provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

Washington, D.C. – June 28, 2012 –The National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators (NHCSL), the national representative for Hispanic state legislators throughout the United States, applauds the Supreme Court ruling to uphold the key provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

The Affordable Care Act contains a number of important reforms to both reduce the costs of health care and to expand coverage.  For instance, it prohibits insurance companies from limiting or denying benefits to adults and children because of preexisting conditions and permits young adults up to the age of 26 to remain eligible for insurance coverage under their parents’ plans.

NHCSL has been a long-standing advocate for health care reform to increase the number of Latino households covered by health insurance and decrease the cost of health care. The organization had advocated passionately for Congress to adopt the Affordable Care Act and has since worked with the Administration and other NGOs to provide advice to help steer its implementation.

"NHCSL has been a tireless advocate for the health of our families and particularly of our children. Too many Latinos do not have health insurance, often because they cannot afford it and due to eligibility restrictions for public benefits.” said Senator Luz Z. Arce Ferrer (PR), Chair, NHCSL’s Health Task Force. “This ruling by the Supreme Court validates our long held view that it is hard to control costs unless you are able to extend health care coverage to our young and healthy.”

"Today’s ruling gives hope to more than 15 million of 50 million Hispanics living uninsured,” said Representative Minnie Gonzalez (CT), NHCSL President. “Our communities can now rest safe that our seniors will not be denied coverage when they need it most and our children will not be turned away for preexisting conditions like asthma. As a cancer survivor – I know of the challenge families go through when a loved one faces steep medical bills. Thankfully, those days will soon be behind us”

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