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Supreme Court to Hear Arguments on ACA Next Week

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments March 26-28 on provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that have been challenged by 26 states. On March 26, the court will hear arguments on whether the Anti-Injunction Act (AIA) bars individuals from suing over ACA’s minimum coverage provision. Under AIA, taxpayers may not challenge a tax before personal liability is determined by the Internal Revenue Service.

On March 27, arguments will focus on whether the individual mandate, which requires individuals to have essential health insurance coverage starting Jan. 1, 2014, is constitutional under the Commerce Clause. On March 28, the court will hear arguments on whether the law is severable from the individual mandate and whether the Medicaid coverage expansion under ACA is “unconstitutionally coercive.” The Supreme Court indicated that although requests to televise the oral arguments had been denied, audio recordings and transcripts will be provided “on an expedited basis” at www.supremecourt.gov. Contact: Anne McLeod, (916) 552-7536, amcleod@calhospital.org.  

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