Local health care providers say they're worried about what would happen if the Affordable Care Act was overturned.

Whitney Young Health, which provides affordable care for people in the community, said patients have benefited from the ACA. According to president and CEO Dave Shippee, prior to the ACA, 28% of Whitney Young's patients didn't have health insurance. That was cut in half as Medicaid and the insurance marketplace grew.

What You Need To Know

  • The Supreme Court heard arguments about the future of the Affordable Care Act
  • At question is if the mandate can stand if a piece of it is ruled unconstitutional
  • Whitney Young Health worries what would happen if patients lost their insurance

"Most folks, I think the majority of folks in this country, believe that we ought to have an adequate level of coverage for people," said Shippee.

In Albany County, Dr. Elizabeth Whalen has seen people choose not to go to the doctor because of COVID-19, and worries if people lose their insurance, that trend will continue.

"Those aren't good ideas. We need to make sure that people are getting the care they need, both from a preventative perspective and from an acute care perspective," said Whalen.

Those at Whitney Young said they're encouraged to hear some conservative justices on the Supreme Court believe the mandate may be able to stand, but there's still a concern about what may happen.

"There is a little bit of relief with the early sense that perhaps the court is not as inclined to change its mind as others would like it to, because behind that, the court makes that decision, what do we have as Plan B? We don't have a Plan B," said Shippee.

The Supreme Court isn't expected to issue its ruling for several months.