Minnesota Report

Yesterday, the US Supreme Court on a 7-2 decision dismissed the case CALIFORNIA ET Al. v TEXAS ET Al. brought by a number of Republican State Attorney’s Generals in in opposition to the Affordable Care Act, (ACA) aka Obama Care, saying the plaintiffs lacked standing. While the Dissenting Opinion of the Justice Samuel Alito and joined by Neil Gorsuch argued the Court once again found a way wherethe Court has pulled off an improbable rescue” (of the ACA).

This ruling is a direct benefit to those enrolled in MNSure and MinnesotaCare in response, state leaders put out the following press release.

Statement from Minnesota State Officials on Supreme Court Ruling on Affordable Care Act

ST PAUL, Minn.— Nate Clark, Chief Executive Officer of MNsure; Grace Arnold, Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Commerce; Jodi Harpstead, Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Human Services; and Jan Malcolm, Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Health issue the following statement:

“Today, the United States Supreme Court rejected a challenge to the Affordable Care Act.  This is a huge relief for the hundreds of thousands of Minnesotans who get health care coverage through the law – whether from Medicaid or MinnesotaCare, or if they purchase health insurance through MNsure.  

 “This year, because of actions by President Biden and Congress, more Minnesotans than ever will qualify for financial help that makes their health coverage more affordable when they seek a plan through MNsure. 

 “The ACA was created because no American should go bankrupt because of medical bills or be denied coverage because of pre-existing conditions.  Every Minnesotan benefits from the consumer protections built into the law. The ACA has helped lower the cost of health insurance, expanded access to quality health coverage in the state, and helped Minnesotans get the care they and their loved ones need for prevention and care.  

 “The COVID-19 pandemic has been a ruthless reminder that access to affordable, comprehensive health care is critical. Today’s Supreme Court decision means Minnesotans will continue to have access to life-saving care when they need it most.”