On December 14, a federal district judge ruled that the entire Affordable Care Act was unconstitutional. The case revolved around Congress effectively eliminating the individual mandate penalty by reducing it to $0 as part of the 2017 tax cut bill. The mandate requires nearly all Americans to get health insurance or pay a penalty. The coalition, led by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, argued that the change voided the mandate and therefore rendered it unconstitutional.
As the ruling moves through the courts, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released statement, stating that “there will be no impact to enrollee’s current coverage or their coverage in a 2019 plan.” GLMA Executive Director Hector Vargas, JD, released the following statement:
“We are extremely disappointed by the court ruling striking down the Affordable Care Act. Since 2013, the Affordable Care Act has helped millions in this nation, including LGBTQ Americans and people living with HIV, get access to quality, affordable health insurance. Due to the ACA, more people in our community have access to the medically necessary services they need.
“This decision is heading into the appeals process, and GLMA will continue to monitor developments to determine how we can continue to support the ACA.”