Yesterday, the U. S. Supreme Court (#SCOTUS) decided that closely held companies can cite the religious beliefs of their owners as a reason for opting out of the ACA’s mandate for providing contraception under women’s health benefits.
Today, the Inspector General of the federal Dept. of Health and Human Services (IG/HHS) announced the existence of record-keeping irregularities that can affect an individual’s eligibility for ACA health insurance.
The ACA creates a system for healthcare coverage, where no such system existed before, for millions of people. It includes behavioral healthcare as a key to overall wellness, and it focuses on health—not just disease-treatment—through outreach, prevention, and education. But the health of the ACA itself appears to be in jeopardy. It was always controversial, and has many enemies.
Are employers’ lawsuits and bad data going to undo what Congress enacted?