EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSHEALTHCARE REACTION
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Local Health Care Advocates Applaud SCOTUS Ruling
Reported by: Leslie Rubin
Videographer: Troy Morgan
Web Producer: Leslie Rubin
Reported: Jun. 28, 2012 10:32 PM EDT
Updated: Jun. 28, 2012 10:57 PM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
While some are slamming the Supreme Court's decision on healthcare, others are applauding it, especially healthcare advocates across West Virginia.
Coming with the decision, means roughly 150,000 more West Virginians will be insured, some for the first time. Those who provide care for the under insured, or uninsured are looking at it as an opportunity.
"For our patients this is huge," says Martha Carter. She's the CEO of FamilyCare HealthCenter, a community health-center that serves more than 25,000 West Virginians. Carter says 6,000 of them are uninsured.
"This will be really big for people who need more than what we can do here at FamilyCare," she explains.
Health care advocates said Thursday's Supreme Court decision to uphold the federal health care reform law will mean better care more West Virginians. One in five gets medical care at places like FamilyCare.
"There's a tremendous amount of people that not only are suffering long-term, not only disability but financial hardships and it will change their life dramatically," says Kenny Perdue, AFL-CIO president.
People like Mary Myers from Ripley. She's uninsured and travels to West Virginia Health Right in Charleston to see a doctor. She says she's thrilled at the news she will one day have health insurance.
"I think that it will be great to be able to go to a doctor that I choose to go to instead of somewhere where I have to go because I can see a doctor," says Myers.
Other uninsured patients are more skeptical, worried at the price they'll have to pay for health insurance.
"What our government is doing is controlling it so we do what they want to do," says one woman.
Under the law, lower income and many middle class families will be eligible for subsidies to help pay premiums.
"That's what they're thinking. They know that going out to get health insurance, it's going to be outrageous. They don't realize that that's going to change," explains Kelly Aftanas, outreach coordinator for FamilyCare.
"They're reaching for the middle income families and making sure they can afford their premiums," explains Perry Bryant, executive director for West Virginians for Affordable Health Care.
"I think there's some aspects of it that we could do better, but it is a start," said medicare recipient Charlotte Charlotte Neilen.
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