• Health Care Reform: Supreme Court Upholds Individual Mandate but Places Restrictions on Congress' Expansion of Medicaid
  • July 7, 2012 | Author: Megan M. VerMerris
  • Law Firm: Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge, P.C. - Grand Rapids Office
  • In a 5-4 vote on June 28, the Supreme Court of the United States upheld the controversial Individual Mandate provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Supreme Court also issued a plurality opinion, meaning that no majority opinion was reached, regarding the expansion of the Medicaid program under the ACA. According to the plurality, the expansion of the Medicaid program was constitutional, but the provision requiring that a state lose all Medicaid funding if the state chose not to participate in the Medicaid expansion was not constitutional. Thus, the expansion can proceed, but the states will have the option of whether to participate.