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Case on Individual Mandate May Not be All or Nothing

Monday, April 2nd, 2012 - 9:33
Monday, April 2, 2012 - 09:27
The current discussion about the deliberations of the impending Supreme Court decision center on the individual mandate, and seem to presume that if the Court strikes down this obligation, the Affordable Care Act would be dealt a mortal blow. This presumes that there is no other way to address the very serious problem of adverse risk selection under which insurance premiums rise higher and higher as young and healthy people stay on the sidelines.

Supreme Court Hearings - Day 2

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012 - 10:28
Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 10:14
Day two of the Supreme Court's review of the Affordable Care Act led to heated confrontation between the High Court and the Solicitor General representing the federal government. Questioning the validity of the government's claims in regards to the Constitution's Commerce Clause, Justice Alito asked how forcing individuals to buy insurance would differ from broccoli.

Supreme Court Reviews Health Reform Law - Day 1

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012 - 11:48
Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 11:40
The Court listened to arguments on the 19th century Anti-Injunction Act, which bars a lawsuit from being brought forth until the tax has been actually levied. Essentially, the penalty imposed as part of the individual mandate on those who eschew health insurance will not go into effect until 2014, meaning a lawsuit could not be ruled on until 2015. Interestingly, the federal government, defending the individual mandate, does not ascribe to the notion of the penalty as a tax, therefore nixing a delay in the case.

Individual Mandate Cases Reach High Court Agenda

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011 - 12:11
Tuesday, November 1, 2011 - 11:52
In a closed door meeting, the justices will review three cases, stemming from conflicting decisions in Atlanta, Cincinnati, and Richmond. Many experts expect that the Court to take at least one of the cases to decide an issue of constitutionality. In this instance, a date for oral arguments would be set for the spring, likely March. The High Court justices would then have three months to deliver their opinions.

Nine States Want Relief From Medical Loss Ratio Requirement; Appeals Court Hears Mandate Challenge

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011 - 8:25
Tuesday, May 10, 2011 - 07:56
Nine states are pleading with the federal government to relax medical loss ratio requirements because of fears that the rules will destabilize their insurance markets, according to Kaiser Health News. Maine has already received a temporary exemption. Under health reform, insurers must spend at least 80 percent of the premium dollars they collect on patient care or must provide rebates to consumers.

Potential Alternatives to the Individual Mandate

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011 - 9:36
Tuesday, April 5, 2011 - 08:59
The GAO has come out with a report presenting potential alternatives to the individual mandate in the health reform law, should it be changed or eliminated by a court decision. The nine potential alternatives are presented in order of how often they were mentioned by health policy experts as potential replacements.

A Look Ahead at Health Reform Implementation in 2011

Friday, December 31st, 2010 - 11:49
Friday, December 31, 2010 - 09:48
The MSPP "Making Health Care Reform Work" Blog would like to wish everyone a happy and healthy 2011! While 2010 will be remembered partly as the year the U.S. decided to overhaul its massive health care system, major legal battles and implementation challenges await in 2011. Here's a look at the hot topics surrounding health reform in the upcoming year:

Study: Number Of Uninsured Doubles Without Individual Mandate

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010 - 17:31
Thursday, December 23, 2010 - 16:11
A new study by the Urban Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation finds that the number of uninsured would be twice as high under health reform without an individual mandate to purchase insurance.

How Many People Will Remain Uninsured Even if Mandate Stands?

Monday, December 20th, 2010 - 11:22
Monday, December 20, 2010 - 10:05
In a Q and A with Kaiser Health News, McKinsey and Co.'s Dr. Robert Kocher said modeling performed by the consulting firm shows that up to 40 million people could be uninsured in 2016, even if the individual mandate stands. Kocher, director of the firm's Center for U.S. Health System Reform, said the "residually uninsured" would consist of individuals who are in between jobs, confused by the system or those who would rather pay the penalty than purchase insurance.

More News on the Individual Mandate, Medicaid and Exchanges

Friday, December 17th, 2010 - 12:02
Friday, December 17, 2010 - 10:32
Here's what's news today in the implementation of health reform, with a brief discussion about the significance: THE MANDATE: