Legal issues continue for the Affordable Care Act

Is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) under siege again?  It appears so. 

With two District Courts, the Fourth Circuit and the DC Circuit, splitting on the matter of whether the health insurance premium tax credit can be provided to individuals who obtain individual coverage through a federally operated health insurance exchange, the issue may be forced the back in front of the Supreme Court. 

This may prove to be a very important case for folks in South Carolina as the State of South Carolina has chosen to allow the federal government to operate the health insurance exchange in this state.  Hanging in the balance, among other things, is the employer mandate for employers located in states, like South Carolina, that are served by a federally operated exchange. 

A ruling from the Supreme Court similar to the ruling that has come out of the DC Circuit would almost certainly undermine the individual mandate, as well. 

We will keep our eyes on the issue as it continues to move through the courts, and we will strive to do our best to keep our clients informed and up to speed on the changes that may affect them.  If you have a question about how the PPACA may affect you or your business, please do not hesitate to contact us at your earliest convenience.