Health care reform in the courts
On Aug. 12, 2011, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the health care reform law’s individual mandate is unconstitutional, upholding the Florida district court decision. However, the Court of Appeals overturned Florida’s decision to invalidate the entire law, preferring to strike only the individual mandate. The Court of Appeals stated that Congress violated the U.S. Constitution by passing legislation that would force all Americans to buy a product or pay a penalty. The opinion said Congress has broad power to deal with the problems of the uninsured, "but what Congress cannot do...is mandate that individuals enter into contracts with private insurance companies for the purchase of an expensive product from the time they are born until the time they die."
Posted on 08/17/2011 4:30 PM by David M Widmer, PAHM, RHU
Court strikes down Obama health insurance mandate
This will ultimately be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court…
ATLANTA (AP) — A federal appeals court has struck down the requirement in President Obama's health care overhaul package that virtually all Americans must carry health insurance or face penalties.
Posted on 08/12/2011 4:30 PM by David Widmer
HHS and states to establish Affordable Insurance Exchanges, give Americans the same insurance choices as members of Congress
On July 11, 2011, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services released its road map to help States to set up these Exchanges.
Affordable Insurance Exchanges are designed to make buying health coverage easier and more affordable. Starting in 2014, Exchanges will allow individuals and small businesses to compare health plans, get answers to questions, find out if they are eligible for tax credits for private insurance or health programs like the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and enroll in a health plan that meets their needs. Click here for HHS.gov News Release.
Posted on 08/11/2011 9:00 AM by David Widmer