DHPE Statement on Supreme Court Decision on King v. Burwell
Thursday, June 25, 2015
Posted by: Angie Antonopoulos
The Directors of Health Promotion and Education (DHPE) applauds today’s Supreme Court decision in the King v. Burwell case. Today’s ruling protects an estimated 8.2 million people who were at risk of losing their health insurance and prevents an estimated 9,800 deaths annually. By protecting the tax subsidies currently received through federally run health insurance exchanges across the country, the ruling helps ensure Americans will continue to be able to afford healthcare coverage.
This ruling further advances the notion that quality, affordable healthcare is a basic human right. For the first time in years, there are significant declines in the percentage of Americans who are uninsured, report difficulty paying medical bills, or say they are delaying care because of cost.
DHPE’s mission speaks to advancing health equity through changes in health policies and systems. This decision provides another pathway for Americans to have equal opportunity for health. We celebrate access for all but recognize that there is more work to be done. And that is to bring primary prevention into the forefront of our healthcare system to keep all people healthy and safe before they get sick.
According to Trust for America’s Health, every $1 spent on prevention that promotes conditions for good health provides a return of $5.60 in health cost reductions. And research shows that conditions in the environment and their effect on behavior and safety comprise 70% of the factors influencing health, compared to a 10% influence from healthcare.
We call on all policy and decision makers to reinvest in prevention and recognize that creating healthier community environments will keep Americans healthier and save money. DHPE stands ready to work with those focused on advancing prevention and health policies which improve equity in health and well-being for everyone.