Affordable Care Act Stands
On June 17, 2021, the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act (ACA) as the law of the land. This decision is a great victory for CHCs everywhere!
On June 17, 2021, the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act (ACA) as the law of the land. The decision was 7-2. The justices turned away a challenge from Republican-led states and the former Trump administration. These urged the justices to block the entire law. This decision ensures that many of the of the Affordable Care Act provisions will remain intact, such as:
- Safeguarding insurance coverage for millions of Americans with pre-existing conditions.
- Young adults can stay on their parents’ insurance until age 26.
- No co-pays permitted for preventive care.
- Insurance companies cannot put lifetime caps on benefits. They are also required to spend 80% of premiums on medical coverage and are barred from discrimination based on factors like gender.
- The expansion of Medicaid coverage in all but a dozen states.
This is a huge victory for Community Health Centers and the patients that we serve. Protecting this safety net guarantees access to comprehensive health care for millions of Americans. This includes the 8,000 clients that Care For the Homeless serves. Thank you to all of the advocates that continue fighting for the human right to high quality and affordable health care for all.