The U.S. Supreme Court has voted 7-2 to uphold the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This decision follows a lawsuit by a group of states that challenged the constitutionality of the healthcare law after the individual mandate penalty was removed. The ruling is the largest margin of victory yet for legal challenges to the overall law, and signals that millions of Americas can continue to rely on its of coverage programs and patient protections.
The ACA touches the healthcare of virtually every American through provisions preventing pre-existing condition discrimination, granting access to preventative health care at no cost and even making prescription drugs more affordable for Medicare recipients. Perhaps its most well-known features include Medicaid expansion through programs like the Healthy Indiana Plan and the creation of the Healthcare.gov Marketplace, which covers tens of millions of Americans.
Read the official press release from the Center for Medicare and Medicare Services HERE