UAB School of Health Professions Current News
- Created on June 28, 2012
The U.S. Supreme court upheld the 2010 health care law on Thursday with a majority opinion. Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the opinion stating the law was a valid exercise of Congress's power to tax.
“This is a big surprise to everyone," said Powell. "It means that according to the Supreme Court, President Obama just raised taxes on everyone. It’s more rhetoric/classification than anything,"
In Alabama and some other states, expansion will come with difficulties.
"The state has been preparing for the creation of the exchange, but has not passed legislation to create one," said Powell. "It therefore may not be operational by 2013."
The Medicaid expansion will also come into effect in 2014. However, there was a major victory for the states who challenged the law.
"Alabama, along with 25 other states won the right to opt out of the Medicaid expansion without losing all existing Medicaid funding,” said Powell.
An estimated 600,000 Alabamians will become eligible for Medicaid in 2014, meaning Alabama’s Medicaid program could potentially double overnight. There will be over 500,000 newly eligible adults and 90,000 children. There may be as many as 700,000 total adults and children who enroll because some people are currently eligible for the program, yet haven’t signed up for various reasons; there are an estimated 100,000 people who are eligible now, but aren’t enrolled.
Listen to Powell on 105.5 WERC-FM on the Affordable Care Act ruling.