Local Health Providers React To Ruling

By Sharon Ko

MEDFORD, Ore. — Health care providers have already started preparing in response to the Affordable Care Act. An estimated 600,000 Oregonians who are uninsured will be covered come 2014.

About 53% of people coming through the doors at the Community Health Center are uninsured. Board members are meeting Thursday night to discuss budgets.

Though parts of the legislation wont take effect till a couple more years. The executive director says they are figuring out how to handle the staffing and resources now. 60% of the center’s funding comes from the cost of their services such as patient fees. The rest of it comes from donations and federal grants.

Several hospitals across Oregon released statements on Thursday in response to the ruling. Oregon Health and Science University says, “The Supreme Court ruling is keeping health reform on course […] and is planning to increase staff members in response to more patients.”

Providence Medford Medical Center also released a statement, saying it’s still reviewing the details of the ruling and will find new ways to deliver affordable care.