Supreme Court health care ruling, “one less burden” to low income patients

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The Affordable Care Act is here to stay, after the Supreme Court rules insurance tax credits should be available to Americans in all 50 states.

In Ohio, that means 160,000 residents get to keep their current health coverage.

Community Health Centers of Greater Dayton says the ruling takes a weight off many of their patients shoulders.

“This whole issue from the beginning has been so political and so contentious that I thought we were fine but you just never know,” said Gregory Hopkins, the executive director for the Community Health Centers of Greater Dayton.

He says the center’s six locations serve mainly low income patients and Thursdays Supreme Court ruling will make Dayton area residents healthy.

“Its one less burden off their situations. One of the main reasons folks end up having financial problems, file bankruptcy is for health reasons and health care costs,” said Hopkins. “So it just removes a level of stress and a level of worry for our patients and now we can focus on their health and they can focus on their health.”

Across its six locations, including the Drew Health Center on Third street, Hopkins says the Community Health Centers of Greater Dayton saw 14,000 patients last year.

After hearing Thursday’s Supreme Court ruling, Hopkins says he expects patients to come to the doctor more often.

“Folks who have coverage tend to take care of their health a lot better,” Hopkins said. “They tend to come for the preventative services instead of waiting for something catastrophic to happen. Or instead of having to use the emergency room for their care.”

The Affordable Care Act may not be in the clear just yet.

Legislators are expected to try to repeal again.

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