The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals decision in Texas v. US is due any time. The case on the ACA was argued in July before the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. Now that open enrollment is winding down in most states, will the decision finally be released? Which ever way it goes, surely it will be appealed to the US Supreme Court.
This is the case that appeals a federal trial court judge’s decision in Dec 2018 that the individual mandate and the entire ACA are invalid now that the tax penalty for being uninsured was dropped to zero. Currently, 18 states, led by Texas, claim the ACA is unconstitutional. 21 states, led by California, are defending the ACA. The federal government also now claims the whole ACA is unconstitutional. Previously, the US Supreme Court said that the tax penalty is what made the mandate and the ACA permissible because Congress has the power to tax.
Timothy Jost and @commonwealthfnd have a good explainer at http://bit.ly/36zTzu7.
Colorado made big news last week with its draft proposal for a public option. The proposal is required to be submitted to the CO legislature by Nov. 15. Legislation passed last session required CO’s Division of Insurance and the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing to develop the plan. The public comment period runs through Oct 25. Under the draft proposal, the State Option would:
New Jersey is investing $2 million in navigators as it starts the shift from healthcare.gov to its own state-based marketplace. New Jersey’s state-based exchange is officially barely a month old.
For a highly impressive use of data based on the California Health Information Survey using brainpower from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, check out the AskCHIS Neighborhood Edition© web tool. The tool lets you search for top health indicators by ZIP code, city, county, and legislative district (state and federal). The sample below shows the prevalence of diabetes across California (diabetes increases health care costs which increase premiums…). Of course, the tool is only for California. Connecticut could use its own version. 😊