Affordable Care Act

Don't miss the latest complimentary webinar in The Council of State Governments' Policy Webinar Series. "Health Insurance Exchanges: Understanding State Options and Deadlines" will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2-3 p.m. EST.

A debate about how to fund Medicaid, the public health insurance program that now covers 16 percent of Americans, is under consideration by state and federal policymakers alike.  And one idea that has received particular attention of late is shifting Medicaid to a block-grant program.

The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today that the individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act is constitutional, marking the first time an appellate court has ruled on the question.  The three-judge circuit court panel dismissed the plaintiffs’ claim that the mandate exceeds Congress’ powers and further dismissed the argument that the provision amounts to “regulating inactivity.”  

Since the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in March 2010, states have launched several initiatives in the effort to preserve their ability to manage health care within their borders.  In addition to the several legal challenges brought by a number of states which are currently being reviewed by various federal circuit courts of appeals, some states have opted for Health Care Compact legislation as an alternative to the health reform bill.