Legal Alert - Health Care Reform Supreme Court Decision
by Marvin S. ("Bucky") Swift, Jr. and Kevin J. Hogan
This morning, in a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court determined that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is constitutional. The Supreme Court's decision upholds the constitutionality of two key provisions of health care reform -- the individual mandate and the Medicaid expansion. The individual mandate requires most Americans to maintain a “minimum essential” level of health insurance coverage beginning in 2014. The Medicaid expansion provision allows Congress to provide federal funds to states on the condition that states provide health care to all citizens whose income falls below a certain level.