Legislative and Legal Challenges

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The Stakes Beyond the Halbig Lawsuit

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In a column for The Wall Street Journals Think Tank, Drew Altman discusses if the legal court cases about whether the government can provide tax credits to people in the Affordable Care Acts federal health exchanges will be perceived by the American people as a legitimate legal question or as more inside-Washington politics.



Brief Consumer Guide To Health Law Court Decisions

On Tuesday two U.S. appeals courts issued conflicting rulings on a subject that's important to millions of people: the availability of subsidies to help purchase coverage under the health-care law. Kaiser Health News' Mary Agnes Carey answers some frequently asked questions about those court decisions and how they impact consumers.



Conflicting Views of Supreme Court's Contraception Decision Cloud Other Cases

Kaiser Health News continues reporting on the Supreme Court's contraception coverage rulings, including the Hobby Lobby decision and temporary injunction for Wheaton College.



Hobby Lobby Ruling Cuts Into Contraceptive Mandate

Kaiser Health News explains the 5-4 Supreme Court decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby



Legal Analysis of the Supreme Court Ruling on Hobby Lobby

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Legal analysis from the Kasier Family Foundation explains how the Religious Freedom Restoration Act applies in Burwell v Hobby Lobby.



Sign On Letter in opposition to H.R. 3350, the Keep Your Health Plan Act of 2013

AUCD signed on with several organizations in opposition to H.R. 3350: "Health care coverage must be not only available and affordable but also adequate in order for consumers to have the health and financial protection they need from health insurance. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) was designed to ensure that, beginning in 2014, Americans would have access to health insurance that meets all three of these important objectives. Our organizations support these goals, and we are therefore opposed to H.R. 3350, legislation that would allow health insurers to continue to sell individual health insurance policies that are inadequate."

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Case Study: Michigan's Money Follows the Person Demonstration

This case study looks at Michigan's Money Follows the Person (MFP) demonstration program, which has enabled the state to accelerate existing transition activities and increase access to home- and community-based services (HCBS)by providing enhanced federal funds for each MFP participant's 365-day enrollment period.



Status of the ACA Medicaid Expansion from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

In this updated brief, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities outlines the current status of the Medicaid expansion in each state.



Implementing the ACA's Medicaid-Related Health Reform Provisions After the Supreme Court's Decision

The Kaiser Family Foundation explains what's next for the ACA's Medicaid expansion after the Supreme Court ruling.



Briefing on Health Care After the Supreme Court ACA Decision

This past Monday, July 9th, the Alliance for Health Reform held and the Kaiser Family Foundation held a briefing on the Supreme Court's recent ruling on the Affordable Care Act and discussed the implications to the ruling as well as "what's next." Panelists include Dr. Joshua Sharfstein from the MD Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Find materials and presentations from the briefing at the link above.



Politico: GOP lawmakers urge states on Medicaid

This article discusses a push among some Republican lawmakers that states drop out of the ACA's Medicaid expansion.



Politico: Medicaid ruling could give red states more bargaining power

This article discusses the response from Governors to last week's Supreme Court ruling on Medicaid.



Health Affairs Blog: The Supreme Court's Medicaid Ruling: 'A Shift In Kind, Not Merely Degree'

This article discusses states' opposition to the Medicaid expansion and how the Supreme Court resolved the issue.



SCOTUS Blog: Court holds that states have choice whether to join Medicaid expansion

This article explains the Supreme Court's decision with regard to the Medicaid expansion.



Supreme Court Decision on the Affordable Care Act

On June 28, 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its long-awaited decision on constitutional challenges to portions of the Affordable Care Act.

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