States Continue to Push Forward with Health Care Compact Legislation
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.
To date, Oklahoma and Georgia have signed on to the compact which ultimately must be approved by Congress in order to take effect and have the force of law. The compact language indicates the compact will become effective upon the signing of two or more states. Supporters have expressed their belief that the compact would need at least twenty signatory states in order to become a viable alternative for Congress to consider. Texas and Missouri are currently debating the merits of the compact and whether or not to sign on and become the third and fourth states respectively to join the effort.
With PPACA becoming fully implemented by 2014, states will undoubtedly continue to push forward with this effort until the final whistle is blown. Although there is doubt as to the feasibility of the Health Care Compact achieving congressional consent if the compact reaches critical mass, following the developments of the Health Care Compact throughout the current and upcoming state legislative sessions is sure to be an interesting undertaking.
Click Here for a .pdf file of the Health Care Compact legislation.