MLive: Obamacare case before Supreme Court today has huge implications for Michigan residents, experts say

Posted on November 12, 2020

MLive published a story Nov. 10 analyzing the implications for Michigan if the U.S. Supreme Court rules the Affordable Care Act (ACA) invalid.

MHA Senior Vice President Laura AppelOral arguments were heard Nov. 10 by the U.S. Supreme Court in a lawsuit brought by 18 state attorneys general, which is asking the high court to declare the ACA invalid. As stated in the article, the plaintiffs argue the law’s mandate to buy health insurance is unconstitutional because Congress repealed the penalties for not complying. They also say that means the entire law is invalid, since a 2012 Supreme Court decision ruled the ACA is constitutional because of the tax.

Laura Appel, senior vice president and chief innovation officer, MHA, is quoted on the implications of such a ruling on the Healthy Michigan plan and individuals who receive other coverage benefits, such as those with pre-existing conditions.

“It has implications for people covered by Healthy Michigan. It has implications for people with pre-existing conditions,” said Appel. “It has implications for people who are able to stay their parents' coverage up to age 26. It has implications for people on Medicare, who use the Medicare prescription drug benefits or who need an annual physical and don’t have the money to pay for it. For young women who get pregnancy coverage.”

Appel also discussed how the ACA has benefitted consumers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“So we’re coming close to 150,000 people who were able to get coverage right away because we had that in place. There’s no doubt that being able to quickly cover people through the Affordable Care Act has been a huge benefit for Michigan."

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  • MLive: Obamacare case before Supreme Court today has huge implications for Michigan residents, experts say

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