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Fri Jun 21, 2024, 09:34 PM Jun 21

Appeals court finds 'Obamacare' pillar unconstitutional in suit over HIV-prevention drug

Appeals court finds 'Obamacare' pillar unconstitutional in suit over HIV-prevention drug


A federal appeals court on Friday found unconstitutional a key component of the Affordable Care Act that grants a health task force the effective authority to require that insurers both cover an array of preventive health interventions and screenings and refrain from imposing out-of-pocket costs for them.

The lawsuit centered on the objections of a coalition of small businesses in Texas to the requirement that they cover a drug for HIV prevention, known as PrEP, in their employee health plans. The appeals court did not, however, overturn the related ACA pillar; the practical, immediate impacts of its ruling apply narrowly to the plaintiffs in this case.

Legal experts expect that the case, Braidwood v. Becerra, will ultimately advance to the Supreme Court, given that it poses crucial questions about the constitutionality of the health task force’s effective authority and that of other federal health bodies. Additionally, the current court has demonstrated interest in cases concerning the delegation of congressional authority to agencies and experts.

In response to Friday’s ruling from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, public health advocates expressed concern that, should the Supreme Court ultimately void the task force’s authority, this could compromise the nation’s already sluggish HIV fight.

“While we were predicting the worst, at the moment insurers will still have to cover preventive services, including PrEP, except for the original plaintiffs,” said Carl Schmid, executive director of the HIV+Hep Policy Institute in Washington, D.C. However, if the task force’s authority is ultimately voided, Schmid said, insurers will likely impose cost-sharing for PrEP, or not cover the newer, more expensive forms of it. He projected that such burdens would depress PrEP use among those at greatest risk of HIV.
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Appeals court finds 'Obamacare' pillar unconstitutional in suit over HIV-prevention drug (Original Post) In It to Win It Jun 21 OP
Yet another reason why it's crazy to have system issues here employers have a say in health care unblock Jun 21 #1
Damn straight. keep_left Jun 21 #3
Funny how all this seems to originate in the same free CRAZY MOTHERFUCKING PLACES Stinky The Clown Jun 21 #2
Oh, yes, we must protect insurers rather than the People! sakabatou Jun 21 #4
Let the market decide! Pinback Jun 21 #5
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