HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling to uphold the Affordable Care Act and the individual mandate, Huntsville Hospital administrators are saying they were prepared no matter what the outcome.
Hospital administrators say in the past year the hospital has provided $60 million in uncompensated care for uninsured patients. Now they are looking forward to receiving compensation from the insurance providers of newly insured patients in the future.
The bill is slated to go into effect in 2014, and could have major implications for business.
"The reality is if you all of a sudden give all these people insurance they still have to find a doctor, and that’s not easy to do," said David Spillers, CEO of Huntsville Hospital. "So I think they’ll still come into the emergency room because they can’t get into a doctor."
Spillers says a lot can change in two years, so Huntsville Hospital is continuing to work on a plan that will best serve the community in any situation.