New Fifth Circuit Texas v United States Decision Rules ACA Individual Mandate Unconstitutional
This ruling does not yet change the existing law, or remove any Obamacare protections 

The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals announced their decision today on the Texas v United States case seeking to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

The ruling finds the Individual Mandate unconstitutional, but placed further decisions on the severability of the mandate from the rest of the Affordable Care Act back into the hands of Texas District Court Judge Reed O'Connor. This ensures that the law's lifesaving protections will remain in legal jeopardy for some time, while Americans continue to worry about the status of their health care.

What this means for Utah:

  • This has no immediate effect on coverage or any other pieces of the ACA.
  • Consumer protections like pre-existing condition coverage remain intact, and there are no changes to the Marketplace.
  • This has no impact on Medicaid expansion. Utah should still proceed toward full expansion as soon as possible.

Although there is no immediate harm, this is yet another dangerous step toward eradication of a massive piece of the United States health care system. The Trump administration - backed by Utah's Attorney General, Sean Reyes - has been determined to dismantle the Affordable Care Act through the courts after failing repeatedly in Congress, and Texas v US could end up with very dangerous consequences in the end.
Utah Health Policy Project will hold a Press Update Call at 6:00 PM TODAY

Please call 866-740-1260
enter access code 4332299
and please be sure your phone is on mute unless you are asking a question

Speakers on the press call will include Stacy Stanford, UHPP's Health Policy Analyst, and Paul Gibbs, long-time health care advocate and UHPP board member.
Stanford will provide an update on the ruling and what it means to Utah, while Gibbs will provide a personal narrative that informs those policy details. They will also answer questions. The call will be on the record.
Media Contact:

Stacy Stanford
Health Policy Analyst