Health Care Reform

The following was taken directly off of the Anthem / Blue Cross website.

Court rules that the individual mandate is constitutional

The U.S. Supreme Court has issued an opinion that upholds the Affordable Care Act (health care reform law). This includes the individual mandate for coverage.

The case challenged the constitutionality of several parts of the law, including the rule that most people in the U.S. must get health coverage.

We will continue to carry out provisions of the law by thoughtfully implementing the new requirements for customers and members. We will also continue to look for ways to address increasing costs that are crippling our health care system, including:

  • Advancing our partnership with primary care physicians announced earlier this year that we believe will substantially improve quality and member health, and potentially reduce the trend in overall medical costs by as much as 20% by 2015.
  • Coordinating patient care through the use of IBM-Watson technology to promote evidence-based health care and ensure that millions of Americans receive the most effective courses of treatment.

We look forward to continuing our efforts to work with policymakers and other key stakeholders to build a health care delivery system that provides security and affordability to all Americans.