In an unusual move, today the Supreme Court stated that it will hear the case attempting to overturn the Affordable Care Act (ACA) during its next term, which starts during October, one month before voters who are increasingly concerned about health care will cast their ballots in the 2020 Presidential election.
It is rare for the Supreme Court to hear a case before it has been fully considered in lower courts, and this recent action reinforces the significance of a case that could upend coverage for millions of Americans and disrupt the entire health care system.
A December ruling by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the individual mandate and continued legal consideration of whether the individual mandate can be separated from the rest of the ACA, striking down the mandate while preserving the other parts of the law.
During January, HAP joined state hospital associations from around the country in a “friend of the court” brief urging the Supreme Court to provide “prompt and final resolution” of questions raised by the appeals court decision that held the ACA’s individual mandate unconstitutional.
The state hospital associations also urged the Supreme Court to resolve the constitutionality questions in order to ensure “the valuable reforms designed to improve health care and lower cost” will not hang in limbo for years.
HAP continues to closely monitor the legal proceedings and work with members of Congress and the Wolf Administration to promote access to health insurance coverage and programs that improve the health and wellness of Pennsylvanians. As a reminder, the ACA plans in effect for 2020 remain unchanged and do include all the consumer protections the ACA requires.
For more information, contact Jolene Calla, HAP’s vice president, health care finance and insurance, or Laura Stevens Kent, HAP’s senior vice president, strategic integration.
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