Gov. Andrew Cuomo applauded the Affordable Care Act decision today, saying New York would continue to develop its health-care exchange that he implemented by executive order in April.
“Thanks to the leadership of President Obama and his administration, particularly Secretary Sebelius, the Affordable Care Act will provide access to health care to millions of Americans nationwide and more than one million New Yorkers, and I am pleased the Supreme Court upheld this law,” Cuomo said in a statement.
“We will continue to move forward with implementing the health exchange that will lower coverage costs for New York’s businesses and help ensure that uninsured New Yorkers have access to health care. We look forward to continuing to work together with the Obama administration to ensure accessible, quality care for all New Yorkers.”
Senate Republicans had opposed creating the health exchange, which is expected to provide health care to more than 1 million uninsured New Yorkers. So Cuomo decided he could create it by executive order — and avoid losing federal aid to set it up.
Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli also applauded the decision.
“The law has significant fiscal implications for our state, providing more than $1 billion annually in new Medicaid assistance and delivering affordable health coverage for New Yorkers,” he said in a statement.