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The Supreme Court’s Affordable Care Act Decision on Medicaid Eligibility and the Aftermath

By Jane Perkins

The U.S. Supreme Court in National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius struck down as unconstitutional the amendment to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act extending Medicaid eligibility to certain low-income adults. But the Court also held that the amendment was severable, upholding the Affordable Care Act as constitutional. While the Court’s decision regarding the amendment to Medicaid is a blow, the decision’s effect on the Medicaid program should be limited.

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