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SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS CONSTITUTIONALITY OF AFFORDABLE CARE ACT

In a historic decision, the Supreme Court of the United States has found the individual insurance requirement of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to be constitutional. The Medicaid provision of the law is limited, but not invalidated. The decision removes legal uncertainty about the law and ensures that, for now, the provisions of the Affordable Care Act will move forward unless removed or reversed by the legislative and executive branches. The law remains vulnerable to repeal depending upon outcomes of the 2012 elections.

The American College of Rheumatology is committed to accessible, high-quality care and will continue to work with regulatory agencies as implementation of the law continues, in order to protect the interests of rheumatology professionals and their patients. We will promote improvements to the law including removal of harmful provisions such as the Independent Payment Advisory Board. The ACR will continue to work with Congress and the Administration to ensure access to coverage and access to rheumatologic care and treatments.

Text of the Supreme Court's Decision

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