How does the recent Supreme Court decision on healthcare reform affect state laws?

By Lorraine Yeomans

The U.S. Supreme Court has spoken, ending its spring 2012 term with surprising and polarizing results in one of the most hotly anticipated decisions of the past several years.

NFIB v. Secretary Sebelius, Department of Health and Human Services

On June 29th in a 5-4 decision delivered by Chief Justice John Roberts, Jr., the Supreme Court upheld most of the controversial Affordable Care Act (ACA). In the decision, two major substantive issues were addressed: expansion of state Medicaid programs and what is commonly known as the “individual mandate.” Here we focus on the “individual mandate” provision of the law. Seen as the centerpiece of the legislation, it has the greatest direct impact on employers.

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