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Friday, June 29, 2012

Court ruling on health care reform means no changes to benefits

The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling Thursday upholding much of the health care reform legislation means no changes to aspects of the law already being implemented for university employees.


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Experts from across U-M respond

Read the full Supreme Court ruling

Michigan Law scholars weigh in on the decision

Opinion cites Law School Dean Evan Caminker's work

U-M Health System statement regarding the decision

Response by Dr. Ora Pescovitz, executive vice president for medical affairs and CEO of UMHS

Comments by Marianne Udow-Phillips, director of the Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation

UMHS Twitter feed shares experts' thoughts on the ruling

Additionally, leadership at the U-M Health System said the court’s ruling means more Americans will have health insurance and access to timely care, while reducing the burden of uncompensated care that hospitals face.

In a 5-4 vote, the nation’s highest court said the mandate was valid under Congress' constitutional authority "to lay and collect Taxes" to provide for "the general Welfare of the United States."

The ruling means several aspects of the law that already have been implemented will remain in effect for U-M employees. Those include such features as no lifetime limit on health care benefits; coverage for adult children until age 26; and elimination of co-pays on most preventive health care. U-M health care did not have a provision to deny coverage because of a pre-existing condition.

The university also will continue to implement other aspects of health care reform that have effective dates in the years ahead.