Mark Udall welcomed the U.S. Supreme Court's decision today to uphold the Affordable Care Act and its central provisions, which have provided families across Colorado with affordable, accessible and secure health coverage:
"The Affordable Care Act has expanded health coverage for thousands of Coloradans and made preventive care more accessible and affordable for millions of Americans across the country. I am pleased to see that the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the bill's constitutionality," Udall said. "We have already seen the positive impacts of the law, including keeping prescription drugs affordable for our nation's seniors and prohibiting insurance companies from denying health insurance to children with pre-existing conditions. I look forward to working with my Senate colleagues, and the administration, to ensure that this important law continues to be implemented in a smart and effective manner."
The Supreme Court upheld the individual health insurance mandate in a 5-4 decision.
The Affordable Care Act has expanded health coverage and access for millions of Coloradans. With this law:
1.9 million Coloradans no longer have a lifetime limit on their health insurance plans.
973,000 Coloradans have seen their insurance carriers add free preventive care services.
50,000 Coloradans, ages 19 to 25, were able to remain insured under their parents' insurance.
More than 382,000 Coloradans with Medicare received free preventive care.
More than 208,000 Coloradans will receive an average rebate from their health insurance providers of $227.
More than 39,400 Coloradans with Medicare saved an average of $579 on prescription drugs.