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Supreme Court Upholds Majority of Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

June 28, 2012
Health Care Alert

In a decision released earlier today, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the greater part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, stating that the law’s individual mandate, which requires a majority of Americans to maintain a minimum level of health insurance coverage, is within Congress’s power under the Taxing Clause of the Constitution. The Court also found unconstitutional that portion of the law which threatens States with the loss of their existing Medicaid funding if they decline to expand the scope of their Medicaid programs.

This decision impacts virtually every person and organization in the United States. In addition to the implementation of the health mandate, which is the centerpiece of the legislation, numerous other federal initiatives—many of which are in various stages of implementation—will be continued.

If you have any questions regarding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act or the Court’s decision, please contact any member of Honigman’s Health Care Practice Group.