The Sierra Health Foundation released the following statement on Thursday, June 28, regarding the Supreeme Court’s Affordable Care Act Ruling:

Today’s momentous decision by the Supreme Court to uphold the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) affirms the fundamental shift created by the law in the way we protect and advance the health and well-being of our citizens. The Affordable Care Act, at its core, moves us from a system focused too often on treating illness to one centered on prevention, equity and access to quality, affordable care.

The Supreme Court’s verdict today fortifies Sierra Health Foundation’s commitment to improving access, coordination and quality of the region’s primary health care safety net. We are actively involved in advancing improvements in health through partnerships with public, private and community partners who share our goal of good health and well-being for all. Improving the health in our region goes beyond the clinic setting, spanning our entire community.

In 2011, we launched the Sacramento Region Health Care Partnership, an effort to strengthen the region’s primary care safety net, and the ACA-funded Community Transformation Grants program. Together, they are examples of the growing realization that we must continue to ensure access to high quality clinical care when needed while we work to reduce the social and financial cost of chronic disease. And we must continue to seek solutions and provide access to those in our region who are excluded from the law’s protection.

It’s time to redouble our efforts to help our region and our state realize the opportunity this landmark decision presents for millions of Californians. Moving forward, the Affordable Care Act will continue to create and support opportunities for our region to achieve our goals. Its affirmation bolsters our commitment to a focus on wellness rather than illness as we look for ways to build safe and healthy physical environments, improve mental and physical health, and reduce health disparities. The legal debate is over; now it’s time to get back to the important work of improving the health of all Americans.


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