Health Reform a Year After NFIB v Sebelius
Tuesday, June 17, 2013
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
American University Washington College of Law
4801 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington DC
6th Floor Student Lounges
Sarah Lueck, Senior Policy Analyst for the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Joan Alker, Executive Director of Georgetown’s Center for Children and Families
The Supreme Court's decision in NFIB v Sebelius along with last year's reelection of President Obama ensured that the Affordable Care Act will survive. Implementation of the law, however, still faces many challenges, and major deadlines are coming up soon. By January 1, 2014, the individual mandate, state health insurance exchanges, and a host of private market reforms will go into effect and transform the way in which individuals without employer-based insurance purchase health care coverage. Meanwhile, the Court’s holding that the federal government cannot withhold Medicaid funding from states that decline to expand their Medicaid programs further complicates ACA implementation. Many states have indicated that they will not expand Medicaid eligibility, and several states are pursuing alternative expansion models. This panel will examine the current status of health reform and the challenges that lie ahead.