Medical malpractice lawyers report that in a monumental vote last week, the Supreme Court upheld President Obama’s 2010 health care law requiring all individuals, except those who are considered exempt, to have a minimum level of health insurance. The new law will go into effect in 2014.
Under the Affordable Care Act, many Americans previously denied health care due to pre-existing conditions will now be able to get insurance to pay for the care they need. Additionally, part of the new law requires insurers to provide preventative care services free of charge to their members. Therefore, millions of newly insured people will have the ability to receive preventative care services to help them avoid more detrimental illnesses in the future.
Beginning in 2014, individuals who do not have health insurance will have to pay a penalty tax for failing to have coverage.
Although the Supreme Court largely supported President Obama’s law, the court did allow states to keep control over their individual Medicaid programs. Medicaid is the insurance program for low-income people. States can opt out of the Affordable Care Act’s expansion in health care coverage under the ruling, without losing their existing Medicaid funding from the federal government.
The Medicaid provision of the Affordable Care Act would likely add an estimated 30 million more people to the insurance program for low-income Americans, but states have the ability to opt out of the expansion.
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