CURRENT LITIGATION

FLORIDA v. UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT of HEALTH and HUMAN SERVICES

The 2010 Affordable Care Act (ACA) required states to provide Medicaid services to individuals whose income is 133% of the federal poverty level or less. This expansion of the Medicaid program would have accounted for about half, or 14 million people, of those newly insured as result of the ACA.

However, the state of Florida and 25 other states challenged the ACA’s constitutionality, including the health reform law’s expansion of Medicaid eligibility. The case, officially known as Florida v. the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) reached the U.S. Supreme Court. The Bazelon Center participated in efforts before the Court to defend ACA’s Medicaid expansion.

On June 28, the Supreme Court upheld the ACA’s health-insurance reforms and “individual mandate” that individuals in the U.S. must obtain health coverage. The Court also upheld the Medicaid expansion, but as an option that states can choose or decline.

COURT

United States Supreme Court

 

DATE FILED

January 10, 2012

Status

Ongoing

PLAINTIFFS

Florida and 25 Other States

STATUS

Closed (July 2012)

RESOURCES

LEGAL DOCUMENTS

Briefs Supporting ACA’s Medicaid Expansion
Briefs Challenging ACA’s Medicaid Expansion
Other Court Resources
  • A complete list of briefs, as well as copies of the briefs themselves, can be found here.
  • A complete chart of amicus briefs, merit briefs, arguments schedule and opinions can be found here.
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