Hos­pi­tal groups ask high court to rule on Af­ford­able Care Act

Modern Healthcare - - LATE NEWS - Jan. 1, 2014. The hos­pi­tal groups filed the brief in sup­port of the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion’s re­quest for the court to re­view an Au­gust rul­ing by the 11th U.S. Cir­cuit Court of Ap­peals in At­lanta that Congress over­stepped its con­sti­tu­tional au­thor­ity by requ

The Amer­i­can Hos­pi­tal As­so­ci­a­tion and five other or­ga­ni­za­tions rep­re­sent­ing hos­pi­tals have asked the Supreme Court to re­solve the con­sti­tu­tion­al­ity of the health­care re­form law, and soon. In a friend-of-the­court brief, the as­so­ci­a­tions ar­gue that the uncer­tainty sur­round­ing the law is bog­ging down progress on even its non­con­tro­ver­sial el­e­ments. They also ar­gue that strik­ing down the law would “main­tain an un­ac­cept­able sta­tus quo” of providers, con­sumers and tax­pay­ers pay­ing to care for the unin­sured. Join­ing the AHA in the brief are the As­so­ci­a­tion of Amer­i­can Med­i­cal Col­leges, Catholic Health As­so­ci­a­tion, Fed­er­a­tion of Amer­i­can Hos­pi­tals, National As­so­ci­a­tion of Pub­lic Hos­pi­tals and Health Sys­tems and the National As­so­ci­a­tion of Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tals. Their mem­bers, they ar­gue, are spend­ing sub­stan­tial re­sources to meet bench­marks on hos­pi­tal-ac­quired con­di­tions and read­mis­sions un­der the law, not know­ing if it will stand. They also note that of­fi­cials in many states are wait­ing to see what the Supreme Court de­cides be­fore es­tab­lish­ing the health in­sur­ance ex­changes es­tab­lished un­der the law by

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The court is ex­pected to de­cide in Novem­ber whether

to take the case.

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