PHILADELPHIA, June 28, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- In response to the Supreme Court of the United States' ruling today upholding the requirement that all Americans have health insurance, Independence Blue Cross President and CEO Daniel J. Hilferty said that while the law takes a first step towards comprehensive reform by expanding coverage to millions of Americans, a lot more work needs to be done to improve patient care and lower costs for our customers.
"Our customers deserve and need secure and affordable health care coverage. On behalf of our 3.1 million members, we will continue to lead the way in transforming health care by partnering with doctors, nurses, hospitals, and others to help people stay well and better manage their care," said Hilferty. "We will also continue to implement all aspects of the law while working with policymakers to fix provisions in the Affordable Care Act that could increase costs for our customers."
Independence Blue Cross will continue to promote innovative approaches to prevention and wellness, support groundbreaking strategies for managing chronic disease, and reward physicians and hospitals in the Philadelphia region for quality care. This model, called patient-centered medical homes, rewards primary care doctors for higher quality and better coordination of care.
While noting that the law will expand coverage to millions of Americans, Hilferty said that the Affordable Care Act — as it stands — doesn't adequately address the quality and cost of care.
"The law does not make great progress in improving patient care or lowering health care costs for our customers. What's more, major provisions will raise costs for our customers and disrupt coverage unless they are addressed," said Hilferty.
About Independence Blue Cross
Independence Blue Cross is a leading health insurer in southeastern Pennsylvania. Nationwide, Independence Blue Cross and its affiliates provide coverage to nearly 3.1 million people. For 75 years, Independence Blue Cross has offered high-quality health care coverage tailored to meet the changing needs of members, employers, and health care professionals. Independence Blue Cross is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. More information about Independence Blue Cross is available at www.ibx.com. Visit us at ibx.com. Fan us on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter@ibx.
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