Understanding the Recent Virginia Court Decision on Healthcare Reform

by Rebecca Farley on December 15, 2010

On December 13, US District Judge Henry Hudson ruled that the provision in the healthcare reform law requiring individuals to purchase insurance is unconstitutional.  However, the decision does nothing to stop implementation of healthcare reform.

To date, three courts have ruled on the merits of the health care reform legislation. Two – Michigan and western Virginia – have upheld the health care reform law. One, yesterday’s case in eastern Virginia, has struck down the law. Twelve other courts have throw out the suits over jurisdictional or standing issues.

Eventually one of these cases will make it to the United States Supreme Court, but this will likely take at least two years.  Given the variation in court opinions to date, it is also unclear how this matter will be resolved, but implementation will continue on the federal and state level.

The National Council will continue to provide its members with updates regarding healthcare reform implementation.

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Cheryl Holt December 21, 2010 at 9:45 pm

Thanks for providing this insight into the recent ruling. All the controversy surrounding healthcare reform certainly leads one to wonder what is in store for behavioral healthcare in the coming years. The increased focus on primary and behavioral healthcare integration as well as other collaborative approaches to healthcare is very encouraging. Healthcare options are now available for individuals with behavioral health disorders who might not otherwise have access to primary care, dental, wellness programs, etc. There is no turning back for the progress that has been made in the recent past. Community behavioral health centers and primary care organizations (FQHCs, etc.) are forging ahead, developing partnerships at unprecedented rates. The momentum of integration/collaboration will continue regardless of the outcome.


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