U.S. Supreme Court’s affirmation of Affordable Care Act helps millions

Even with ruling, more than 6 million people will remain without coverage because states have refused to expand Medicaid coverage under the ACA.

Today’s ruling affirms the clear intent of Congress in passing the Affordable Care Act – to make health insurance affordable and widely available. Because of today’s ruling, 6.4 million Americans will still be able to access the health coverage that they have relied upon for the past two years.

Yet for many, the Affordable Care Act remains an empty promise. More than 6 million people are still without coverage because states like Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Georgia and Florida have refused to expand Medicaid coverage under the Act. Those states’ decisions are hurting hard-working Americans and dragging down the economy in their states, as they have left federal dollars sitting on the table – dollars that other states are gobbling up and that could make a difference in the lives of so many people.  

The Affordable Care Act is here to stay. All states should embrace it and ensure health coverage for everyone.

The SPLC is involved in a class-action lawsuit against the State of Tennessee on behalf of Tennesseans whose Medicaid applications were unreasonably delayed as a result of the state's refusal to fulfill its pre-existing Medicaid obligations after the Affordable Care Act was adopted.