More than six years after becoming law, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) remains heavily litigated. Since 2010, dozens of lawsuits have been lodged against it, with four of them reaching the United States Supreme Court – a remarkable number given the law’s relatively short lifespan and the fact that the Court only grants approximately 80 of the 8,000 case petitions it receives each year. ACA litigation continued apace over the past year, with two new important decisions handed down in May of 2016.
This is the second installment of a 2-part commentary by Jones & Bartlett Learning author and health policy expert, Joel Teitelbaum, on the most recent challenge to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) before the U.S. Supreme Court.
This is the first installment of a 2-part commentary by Jones & Bartlett Learning author and health policy expert, Joel Teitelbaum, on the most recent challenge to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), now a case before the U.S. Supreme Court. The second installment will discuss the Supreme Court’s decision in the case (expected by the end of June, when the Court concludes its current term).
Great news! Health Care USA: Understanding Its Organization and Delivery, Eighth Edition by Harry A. Sultz and Kristina M. Young just received a perfect score of 100 and 5 stars from Doody's Review Service. Reviewer, James C. Townsend, DHSc., MBA, MIS, from A. T. Still University, writes that "given the changes in healthcare in the U.S. and the passage of the ACA, this book provides a much needed update."
Have you been looking for ways to engage your students in understanding the complexities of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)? Earlier this week, we conducted a webinar on teaching the ACA in the college classroom. Our special guest presenter was Kristina M. Young, co-author of Health Care USA, Eighth Edition.
With the rapidly increasing aging population, the recently passed Affordable Care Act adding more than 30 million new patients to the health care system, and the Association of American Medical Colleges predicting a shortage of 90,000 doctors by 2020, physician assistants (PA) have never been in greater demand. According to Smart Money from The Wall Street Journal,
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In this first of a four-part series on the health reform case before the Supreme Court, Jones & Bartlett Learning author and health policy expert Joel Teitelbaum weighs in on the topic of the Anti-Injunction Act.
During the final week of March, the United States Supreme Court engaged in an historic debate about the meaning and constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (known as Affordable Care Act, or ACA). The debate was historic for several reasons: its content, focused as it was on perhaps the most sweeping health law in the nation’s history, and certainly of the past 50 years; its precedential importance, given that the Court is poised to make potentially enormous changes to Congress’s Commerce and Spending Clause powers; and its length, with oral arguments spanning a record three days.
The Court agreed in November 2011 to hear oral arguments on a series of legal issues that arose as a result of nearly 30 legal challenges to the ACA since its passage in March 2010.
The four issues the Court agreed to consider are:
- Whether the ACA’s individual coverage requirement (also referred to as the individual mandate) is a tax for purposes of the Anti-Injunction Act.
- Whether Congress has the power under Article I of the Constitution to enact the minimum coverage requirement.
- Whether, if the coverage requirement is found unconstitutional, it is “severable” from the remainder of the ACA.
- Whether the ACA’s requirement that states expand Medicaid eligibility or risk losing federal funds is unduly coercive in violation of the Tenth Amendment.
In this blog post, the first of a four-part series, I focus on the first question. The next post will focus on questions two and three, and the third blog post will discuss the question concerning the Medicaid expansion. In the final blog post, I will describe the Court’s eventual ruling in the case, which is expected by the end of June (when the current Supreme Court Term ends).
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