Hospital groups file amicus supporting ACA Medicaid expansion
AHA News Now
Feb 17, 2012
The AHA and five other national hospital organizations today filed a friend-of-the-court brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's expansion of the Medicaid program and reject the argument of Florida and 25 other states that the expansion is unlawfully "coercive." If the "coercion" theory offered by these states were law, "Congress could not make any modifications to the Medicaid program - or to any other significant cooperative federal-state program - unless every participating state agreed to the proposed change," the brief states, thereby "handcuffing Congress in its attempts to innovate and to ensure that Medicaid operates effectively for health care providers and their patients. That outcome is neither wise nor compelled by the constitution." The Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments on the challenges to the ACA on March 26-28.