PHOENIX, June 28, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona today released the following statement on the Supreme Court decision related to the healthcare reform law:
"The recent Supreme Court decision upholding the healthcare reform law eliminates a great deal of uncertainty concerning healthcare. Businesses, individuals, states and the healthcare industry can now plan for the future with greater predictability.
"Since the introduction of the reform bill, we have expressed our concern that many of its provisions will increase the cost of healthcare. While the law goes a long way to extend access to more people, it falls short on affordability. The next challenge for policymakers will be to address the staggering cost of healthcare.
"Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona will continue to work with policymakers, healthcare providers and community leaders on this next critical step to provide more Arizonans access to affordable coverage.
"Now that the Supreme Court has ruled, we will work with state lawmakers to enact a State-based insurance exchange. In building the exchange itself, Arizona can meet the needs of Arizona's diverse communities.
"Most important, our customers can rest assured that we will remain true to the heritage that has always differentiated Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona. In that spirit, we are committed to moving forward and helping make the legislation work for our customers."
SOURCE Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona