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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.



Day Three: U.S. Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments Addressing Challenges to ACA

Today marked the end of the three-day (6 hour) hearing on the constitutionality of the law. An audio recording and transcript of today's oral argument (3/28), which focused on the issue of severability and whether the Medicaid Expansion was coercive, were made available by the court (see above link).



Day Two: U.S. Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments Addressing Challenges to ACA

An audio recording and transcript of today's oral argument (3/27), pertaining to the constitutionality of the "individual mandate" under the ACA, were made available by the court (see above link).



Day One: U.S. Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments Addressing Challenges to ACA

Just over two years after President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act (ACA) into law, the U.S. Supreme Court begins a three-day hearing schedule addressing Florida challenges to the constitutionality of the ACA's "individual mandate" and Medicaid expansion (Department of Health and Human Services v. Florida). An audio recording and transcript of today's oral argument (3/26) were made available by the court (see above link).



A Guide to the Supreme Court's Review of the 2010 Health Care Reform Law

This Q&A style brief from the Kaiser Family Foundation discusses challenges to the health care law being brought before the Supreme Court and the potential effects of the Court's decisions, including rescinding the pre-existing condition coverage provision if found to be unconstitutional.



Amicus Brief on Health Law's Medicaid Expansion

Samuel Bagenstos, professor of law and former Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Justice, filed this amicus brief with the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law regarding challenges to the ACA's Medicaid expansion. A number of disability advocacy organizations signed on.



Summary of 25 "Friend of the Court" Briefs Supporting the ACA

The Center for American Progress summarizes briefs filed by a wide variety of groups, including constitutional and health scholars, hospitals and civil rights organizations, supporting the health reform law.



National Disability Organizations Submit Amicus Brief on Coverage of Preexisting Conditions

AAPD filed an amicus brief along with other organizations who represent the interests of individuals who are at risk of serious financial and medical consequences if they cannot obtain insurance to cover the costs of their medical care.



House votes to repeal CLASS Act

The House voted to repeal part of the 2010 health care law that was designed to provide affordable long-term care insurance.



AUCD Signs Letter Urging Congress to Protect the CLASS Act

On January 17, 2012, over fifty organizations, including AUCD, signed a letter addressed to the Ways and Means Committee urging them to reject H.R. Bill 1173, which calls for the repeal of the CLASS Act. CLASS is a program that protects the provision of long-term supports and services for individuals with disabilities and their family members. To view the full letter click the link above.

pdf File CLASS Sign-On Letter [download]
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