Supreme Court Ruling on ACA

Podiatry is more relevant than ever.

Last week the Supreme Court of the United States upheld legislation that was passed by our legislatures and signed by the Obama administration called the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.  Overall, the biggest question with the Affordable Care Act was whether the United States Government could require individuals to purchase health insurance or incur a fine.  The court found that requiring American to have health insurance or incur a fine was considered a tax and that is constitutional.  Read a copy of the ruling.

By 2014, almost all Americans will be required to have health insurance.  If you have pre-existing health conditions that would find it difficult to qualify for medical insurance in the past, now those pre-existing medical conditions will no longer prevent you from getting insurance coverage.  This will allow poor and middle class Americans to be able to afford health care coverage they may not have been able to afford in the past.

The ruling also allows young adults to stay on their parent’s medical insurance up to the age of 26.  This will allow young adults to continue to receive important health insurance coverage while they begin their careers and not be burdened by an unexpected medical emergency with no health care coverage.
The American Medical Association responded to the ruling saying, “The health reform law upheld by the Supreme Court simplifies administrative burdens, including streamlining insurance claims, so physicians and their staff can spend more time with patients and less time on paperwork. It protects those in the Medicare ‘donut hole,’ including the 5.1 million Medicare patients who saved significantly on prescription drugs in 2010 and 2011. These important changes have been made while maintaining our American system with both private and public insurers.”
The American Podiatric Medical Association released a statement in regards to the ruling:
“APMA and its members look forward to continuing to play an integral part in our health-care delivery system to help keep America walking, and are eager to work, in a bipartisan manner, with Congress and the administration on identifying, developing, and enacting policies that will further advance access to affordable and quality health care for individuals, improve our nation’s health-care system, and reduce the overall costs of health care.
In an aging society with our shared goals of encouraging wellness and healthy lifestyles, it is more important than ever to ensure individuals receive the expert foot and ankle care they need through access to preventive health measures to maintain active ambulation and avoid complications from such prevalent conditions as diabetes, arthritis, and neurologic and circulatory disorders”.
With many people being added to the health care system as a result of the ACA, specialists like Dr. Mark Green at Kansas City Foot and Ankle in south Kansas City are an important part of the healthcare system.  Certain conditions treated at a physician’s office, like heel painbunionstoenail fungusingrown toenails and sports injuries, can be treated at your podiatrist’s office and are covered by medical insurance.
Kansas City Foot and Ankle takes most major medical insurance.  Are you curious if your condition is covered?  Give our office a call at 816-943-1111 and we will be happy to assist you in any way we can.  Kansas City Foot and Ankle serves patients from all over the Kansas City metro area including; Overland Park, Leawood, Merriam, Mission Hills, Westwood, Westwood Hills, Brookside, Waldo, Raytown, Lee’s Summit, Prairie Village, Gardner, Shawnee and other surrounding areas in Kansas and Missouri.