Supreme Court to review ACA after state AGs file petition

    U.S. Supreme Court | Susan J. Demas

    The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to review a key part of the Affordable Care Act after Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, along with several other state attorneys general and Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear, filed a petition for review after a 900-page law containing provisions including providing health care coverage for 133 million Americans with pre-existing conditions was kicked back to a lower court for review in December.

    However, the court will take it up next term, after the presidential election.

    As previously reported by the Advance, Congress had already repealed the individual mandate in the ACA, which required that every person be insured. Afterwards, an Appeals Court upheld the mandate, but sent the rest of the provisions that included information about subsidies that would help working families afford health care, investments in public health programs to prevent and fight public health threats like the opioid epidemic, and support lab capacity and immunization infrastructure for threatening diseases, according to the Michigan AG’s office. 

    The lawsuit filed with the goal of repealing the entire health care law is backed by the President Trump administration.

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    Nessel said that there will be negative consequences if the ACA is repealed, including:

    • Protections for 4.1 million Michiganders with pre-existing conditions might end.
    • 720,000 Michiganders could lose their coverage, causing a 115% increase in the uninsured rate.
    • Medicaid expansion would be repealed, meaning the 688,300 Michiganders who are covered through Medicaid expansion may lose coverage.
    • 73,000 young adults will no longer be able to stay on their parents’ coverage.
    • Protections for women, who insurance companies previously charged 50% more than men, may disappear.
    • Key support for rural hospitals could vanish, leaving Michigan hospitals on the hook for $1.9 billion more in uncompensated care costs.
    • 4.5 million Michiganders could once again have to pay for preventive care, like mammograms and flu shots.
    • Insurers will no longer have to cover a set of essential health benefits, including hospitalization, prescription drugs, or mental health services.
    Madeline Ciak
    Madeline Ciak is a former Michigan Advance reporter. She’s a University of Michigan-Flint graduate and previously worked as a digital media manager at NBC25/FOX66 in Flint and a weekend producer at ABC12.