Supreme Court upholds ACA

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The U.S. Supreme Court today ruled the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and Medicaid expansion constitutional, but struck down a provision that allowed Congress to take all Medicaid funds from a state that refuses to participate in the Medicaid expansion. States that participate in the Medicaid expansion would receive the federal financial support included in the ACA. The 5-4 decision allows the individual mandate as a tax under Congress' taxing power, and means the hundreds of other provisions in the statute also stand. "Today's historic decision lifts a heavy burden from millions of Americans who need access to health coverage," said  AHA President and CEO Rich Umbdenstock. "The promise of coverage can now become a reality. The decision means that hospitals now have much-needed clarity to continue on their path toward transformation." For more on the court's decision, visit the AHA Supreme Court Update blog at AHA will continue to explore the issues raised by the Court's decision on the Medicaid expansion.

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