On March 2, 2020, the Supreme Court agreed to hear a third major challenge to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) after rulings in two other major cases confronted core previsions of the healthcare law.
The court agreed to hear the case in its new term which begins in October 2020. With that said, all existing ACA provisions will continue to be applicable and enforced.
In December 2019, a federal appeals court ruled that the ACA’s individual mandate is unconstitutional due to the elimination of the individual mandate penalty.
The court sent the case back to the lower court to determine whether the rest of the ACA may be severed from the individual mandate provision.
This prompted the House of Representatives and several states to request that the Supreme Court expedite the case before the lower court issued a ruling. The motions argued that uncertainty had ignited about the balance of the law.
“That uncertainty threatens adverse consequences for our nation’s healthcare system, including for patients, doctors, insurers, and state and local governments,” they told the court. The Supreme Court denied this request in January.
The Supreme Court will hear the case in the fall, with a decision to follow in the spring or summer of 2021.
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