Premera Blue Cross, a private health insurer, is out this morning with a statement on the Supreme Court. This is from Eric Earling, Premera senior manager for media, issues, and policy communications:
“The Supreme Court today ended months of speculation by ruling that the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) will stand. Premera will continue to be focused on implementing federal healthcare reform as smoothly as possible and delivering the products and services our customers value.
“Moving forward, federal healthcare reform will significantly expand access to coverage in 2014. We believe that’s a good thing. Yet, the law unfortunately does little to address the critical issue of rising medical costs, which remains the largest driver of the rising cost of healthcare coverage. In fact we believe that federal reform law will push costs higher.
“While we work to implement reform as smoothly as possible for our customers, we are also laser-focused on work to address the issue of rising medical costs. That work includes:
• Collaborating with hospitals & doctors to improve quality of care for our members and help control rising medical costs.
• Empowering our customers and members with tools and resources to support wellness and healthy lifestyle choices.
• Continuing to control our own administrative costs, especially through the use of Lean.
“We believe everyone has a role to play in addressing the issue of rising costs. We look forward to working with interested stakeholders and policy makers to find more ways to address this critical issue.”