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Breaking News: Individuals May Opt-Out of Insurance Program in Health Care Reform

August 24, 2012 1 comment

Breaking News regarding health care reform.

Individuals are not  required to participate in health insurance programs under health care reform. Section 1555 of P.L. 111-148 (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) allows for individuals not to be required to participate in any health insurance program. They will not be penalized if they do not participate. Language from the provision is listed below and can also be read HERE

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Section 1555 – Freedom Not To Participate in Health Insurance Programs
No individual, company, business, nonprofit entity, or health insurance issuer offering group or individual health insurance coverage shall be required to participate in any Federal health insurance program created under this Act (or any amendments made by this Act), or in any Federal health insurance program expanded by this Act (or any such amendments), and there shall be no penalty or fine imposed upon any such issuer for choosing not to participate in such programs.
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Stay tuned for more on this Breaking News story regarding health care reform. For more information on health care reform, please click  HERE

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Supreme Court Scenarios on Healthcare Reform Law Vote

January 2, 2012 Leave a comment

In June 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court will rule on whether to uphold P.L. 111-148 (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) or not. Here are some scenarios for how the vote could go down.

1) The current balance of the court is 5 democrats to 4 republicans. If they vote party lines (95% chance they will), then P.L. 111-148 will be upheld as constitutional.

2) Justice Thomas (conservative) and Justice Kagan (liberal) might recuse themselves due to potential conflict of interest. If both recuse themselves, the balance will shift to 4 democrats and 3 republicans.

3) If Justice Kagan recuses herself, this would create a tie-scenario. In the event of a tie, the lower court’s ruling on the matter currently being considered would automatically be upheld without comment.

It will be very interesting to see what happens in June.

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