Jan 9, 2020
Regional Roundup
CSG WEST OFFICERS
We are excited to introduce the 2020 CSG West Officers who, in coordination with the Executive Committee and CSG West Director, will lead the organization's efforts this year. 
Most prominently, the CSG West Chair, Senator Michael Von Flatern, will host this year's Annual Meeting in Jackson, Wyoming where a range of regional topics will be discussed through policy committee meetings, special forums, and other gatherings. 

For more information on the governance of CSG West, Officer roles, and the Executive Committee, please click below.
 
Supreme Court Updates
U.S. SUPREME COURT CASE UPDATE ON TEXAS V. AZAR

In a long-awaited decision in Texas v. Azar, the Fifth Circuit held that the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) individual mandate is unconstitutional. This decision has no practical effect because no one is currently required to pay the shared-responsibility payment. A year ago, a federal district court held the individual mandate is inseverable from the ACA rendering the entire law unconstitutional. The Fifth Circuit sent the case back to the lower court for "additional analysis" on the severability question.
 
The ACA individual mandate required the uninsured who didn't purchase health insurance to pay a "shared-responsibility" payment. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 reduced the payment to $0 as of January 1, 2019. A number of states argued, and the Fifth Circuit agreed, that the individual mandate is no longer constitutional as a result.
Program Updates
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