Supreme Court Rules on Affordable Care Act


On Thursday, June 28th, 2012 the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its ruling on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. Compiled here are stories leading up to the momentous decision as well as analysis and reaction following the ruling.

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Covered California Votes To Cap What Patients Pay For Pricey Drugs
The agency that administers Obamacare in California moved to make expensive medicines more affordable in 2016. In most plans, patients will pay no more than $150 or $250 a month.

Popular Health Exchange In Jeopardy After Surprise Republican Win
Kentucky has one of the best-run health exchanges in the country, Kynect. It's led to the second-biggest drop in uninsured nationwide. But if a GOP primary result holds up, its days could be numbered.

Change To Mammogram Guidelines Could Lead To Coverage Shift
Under the Affordable Care Act, insurers must pay the full cost of preventive services blessed by an independent task force. An update for mammography could affect the cost for women in their 40s.

Feds Tell Insurers To Pay For Anesthesia During Screening Colonoscopies
Most people are anesthetized during colonoscopy. Federal law mandates that the cancer test itself must be fully covered by insurers, but quite a few of them didn't pay for anesthesia.

Nurse Visits Help First-Time Moms, Cut Government Costs In Long Run
The Affordable Care Act has made available more assistance to new mothers so they can raise healthier kids. But critics say the standards for those programs are too lenient.

Free Contraceptives Must Be Free, Obama Administration Tells Insurers
The notice to insurers comes after reports found many health plans weren't providing no-cost birth control for all prescription methods, a requirement under the Affordable Care Act.

State Legislatures Quarrel Over Whether To Expand Medicaid
Medicaid expansion was a big deal in a handful of state legislatures this year. Wyoming said no. Tennessee said no. But Montana said yes, and three more states are coming down to the wire.
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Tales From 3 Louisianans Who Got Subsidized Health Insurance
About 90 percent of people in Louisiana who signed up for Obamacare got a subsidy. Some worry they won't be able to afford health insurance if the aid is overturned by the Supreme Court.
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Low, Middle Income Workers Most Vulnerable To Loss Of Obamacare Subsidies
The Supreme Court may soon rule Obamacare subsidies illegal in about three dozen states. NPR's Audie Cornish talks to Linda Blumberg of the Urban Institute about the options those states would have.
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Family Doctors Who Do More, Save More
A study suggests that coordinated care, led by a family doctor who is judicious about referring patients to specialists, leads to cost savings.

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