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Funding Health-Related Vr Services: The Potential Impact Of The Affordable Care Act On The Use Of Private Health Insurance And Medicaid To Pay For Health-Related Vr Services, Robert Silverstein Dec 2012

Funding Health-Related Vr Services: The Potential Impact Of The Affordable Care Act On The Use Of Private Health Insurance And Medicaid To Pay For Health-Related Vr Services, Robert Silverstein

All Institute for Community Inclusion Publications

One of the myriad of issues affecting the administration of the vocational rehabilitation (VR) program by State VR agencies under Title I of the Rehabilitation Act is how to maximize access to and use of all available funding sources to pay for VR services and supports for VR applicants and clients. In March 2010, Congress passed and the President signed into law the "Affordable Care Act" (ACA). 1 On June 28, 2012, the United States Supreme Court upheld all of the provisions of the ACA, with the exception of provisions mandating Medicaid expansion. The Supreme Court held that if a ...


The Power To Block The Affordable Care Act: What Are The Limits?, John D. Kraemer, Lawrence O. Gostin Nov 2012

The Power To Block The Affordable Care Act: What Are The Limits?, John D. Kraemer, Lawrence O. Gostin

Georgetown Law Faculty Publications and Other Works

Though Supreme Court upheld most parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Congress’ goals in enacting it could still be frustrated by non-implementation. During his campaign for president, Governor Romney promised “to issue Obamacare waivers to all fifty states.” While such blanket waivers would likely violate the Constitution’s Take Care Clause, the ACA does permit other waivers. To be lawful, however, they must meet certain requirements designed to enhance access and lower cost. A president who opposes the ACA might be able to limit its implementation by refusing to issue premium subsidies in federally operated insurance exchanges, and this ...


Masshealth: The Basics - Facts, Trends And National Context, Robert W. Seifert Jun 2012

Masshealth: The Basics - Facts, Trends And National Context, Robert W. Seifert

Commonwealth Medicine Publications

This updated June 2012 report provides an overview of MassHealth, the Massachusetts state Medicaid program, eligibility and enrollment information, spending growth statistics, and cost drivers analysis.

Client/Partner: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation


Brief Of Amici Curiae: The Leadership Conference On Civil And Human Rights, Asian American Legal Defense And Education Fund, National Aids Housing Coalition, National Economic And Social Rights Initiative, National Health Care For The Homeless Council, National Law Center On Homelessness & Poverty, Poverty & Race Research Action Council, Urban Justice Center And Wild For Human Rights In Support Of Respondents Regarding Medicaid Expansion, In The Supreme Court Of The United States, State Of Florida, Et Al., V. United States Department Of Health And Human Services, Et Al., On Writ Of Certiorari To The United States Court Of Appeals For The Eleventh Circuit, No. 11-400, Martha F. Davis, Margaret Woo, Risa E. Kaufman Apr 2012

Brief Of Amici Curiae: The Leadership Conference On Civil And Human Rights, Asian American Legal Defense And Education Fund, National Aids Housing Coalition, National Economic And Social Rights Initiative, National Health Care For The Homeless Council, National Law Center On Homelessness & Poverty, Poverty & Race Research Action Council, Urban Justice Center And Wild For Human Rights In Support Of Respondents Regarding Medicaid Expansion, In The Supreme Court Of The United States, State Of Florida, Et Al., V. United States Department Of Health And Human Services, Et Al., On Writ Of Certiorari To The United States Court Of Appeals For The Eleventh Circuit, No. 11-400, Martha F. Davis, Margaret Woo, Risa E. Kaufman

Margaret Y. K. Woo

This amicus brief was filed before the Supreme Court in the Medicaid Expansion portion of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) litigation on behalf of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and other national organizations concerned with the international human rights implications of the ACA litigation, particularly with regard to race discrimination. The brief first argues that the international context of the ACA is relevant to the Court’s consideration of the law’s constitutionality, noting the many times when Court has taken international law into account in rendering decisions. The brief then chronicles the occasions on which international ...


The Rhetoric Hits The Road: State Challenges To The Affordable Care Act Implementation, Elizabeth Weeks Leonard Mar 2012

The Rhetoric Hits The Road: State Challenges To The Affordable Care Act Implementation, Elizabeth Weeks Leonard

University of Richmond Law Review

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"How's My Doctoring?" Patient Feedback's Role In Physician Assessment, Ann Marie Marciarille Jan 2012

"How's My Doctoring?" Patient Feedback's Role In Physician Assessment, Ann Marie Marciarille

Ann Marie Marciarille

A society-wide consumer revolution is underway with the rise of online user-generated review websites such as Yelp, Angie’s List, and Zagat. Service provider reviews are now available with an intensity and scope that attracts increasing numbers of reviewers and readers. Health care providers are not exempt from this new consumer generated scrutiny though they have arrived relatively late to the party and as somewhat unwilling guests.

The thesis of this article is that online patient feedback on physicians is relevant and valuable even though it is also uncomfortable for health care providers. This is because the modern physician-patient relationship ...


Post-Reform Medicaid Before The Court: Discordant Advocacy Reflects Conflicting Attitudes, Nicole Huberfeld Jan 2012

Post-Reform Medicaid Before The Court: Discordant Advocacy Reflects Conflicting Attitudes, Nicole Huberfeld

Law Faculty Scholarly Articles

The United States Supreme Court heard two Medicaid cases this term that raise major questions about the program and the tensions it creates between the federal and state governments. On October 3, 2011, the Court heard oral arguments in Douglas v. Independent Living Center of Southern California, a dispute between California and its Medicaid providers regarding reimbursement cuts resulting from California's budget crisis. The Medicaid providers argued that the proposed cuts are so extreme as to violate federal law and thus the Supremacy Clause of the United States Constitution. Their contention hinged on the Equal Access Provision of the ...


Book Review | The Politics Of Medicaid By Laura Katz Olson, Nicole Huberfeld Jan 2012

Book Review | The Politics Of Medicaid By Laura Katz Olson, Nicole Huberfeld

Law Faculty Scholarly Articles

In this book review, Professor Nicole Huberfeld examines The Politics of Medicaid, by Laura Katz Olson, which was published in 2010 by Columbia University Press.


Access To Medicaid: Recognizing Rights To Ensure Access To Care And Services, Colleen Nicholson Jan 2012

Access To Medicaid: Recognizing Rights To Ensure Access To Care And Services, Colleen Nicholson

University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform Caveat

The Supreme Court has defined Medicaid as “a cooperative federal-state program through which the Federal Government provides financial assistance to States so that they may furnish medical care to needy individuals.” In June 2012, the Court found the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s (PPACA) Medicaid expansion unconstitutional. The Court took issue with the threat to withhold all of a state’s Medicaid funding if they did not comply with the expansion, finding it coercive and a fundamental shift in the Medicaid paradigm. However, Medicaid in its current form may not always be effective at providing beneficiaries with timely ...


Affordable Care Act Litigation: The Supreme Court And The Future Of Health Care Reform, Lawrence O. Gostin, Kelli K. Garcia Jan 2012

Affordable Care Act Litigation: The Supreme Court And The Future Of Health Care Reform, Lawrence O. Gostin, Kelli K. Garcia

Georgetown Law Faculty Publications and Other Works

In Florida v. HHS, a lawsuit brought on behalf of 26 states challenging the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Supreme Court will determine the future direction of health care reform in the United States. During the unprecedented 5-1/2 hours of oral arguments, the Court will hear 4 issues: the individual purchase mandate, severability, the Medicaid expansion and the Anti-Injunction Act.

The states challenging the ACA maintain that the purchase mandate uniquely penalizes individuals for failing to purchase insurance. Uninsured individuals, however, rarely do nothing. Instead, they self-insure, rely on family, and cost-shift to ...


How The Supreme Court Doomed The Aca To Failure, Thom Lambert Jan 2012

How The Supreme Court Doomed The Aca To Failure, Thom Lambert

Faculty Publications

Now that the dust has settled somewhat, we may assess the likely consequences of the decision in National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius. This article briefly summarizes the reasoning underlying the decision's individual mandate ruling. It then considers what lies ahead for health insurance and medical care in the United States if the ACA, as modified by NFIB, is not repealed. Be warned: the picture isn't pretty.