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The Affordable Care Act Upheld

On November 9, the DC Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the Affordable Care Act as constitutional. The ruling stated that the individual insurance mandate in the law is valid and within Congress’ Constitutional authority under the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution. It is the fifth time the law was upheld. To read more, go to: 

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/09/health/policy/appeals-court-upholds-health-care-law.html

While two courts of appeals have held that the health care law is constitutional, one has disagreed. On November 14, the Supreme Court announced it will hear two of the cases and issue a decision by June 2012.

NASW advocated for the ACA’s passage and is working with Congress and the Administration on its implementation.

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