This morning, the Supreme Court of the United States upheld the Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA).
Specifically, the Court's decision maintains all of the provisions in the bill, including the individual mandate and the option for states to expand Medicaid. Other portions of the bill already in effect will remain. These include: the elimination of health insurance denials based on preexisting conditions for children, and coverage for young adults up to age 26 on their parents insurance.
A complete analysis of the ACA for children with special health care needs is available in this report developed by the National Academy for State Health Policy. All of the implications of the ACA for children with special health care needs remain the same. Broader analysis on the decision is available at the Washington Post's website.
Now that the health care reform bill has been upheld, our California Advocacy Network for Children with Special Health Care Needs will continue to work toward an improved delivery system for children in California's Exchange program, Medi-Cal, the California Children's Services program, and private health plans.