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Two cases that could change healthcare at a national level

Lawsuits can have a national impact. These two cases provide examples of lawsuits that could work their way up the system to the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) and change the application of health care law throughout the country.

  • Stewart v. Azar. This case involves a group from Kentucky that has challenged President Donald Trump’s administration’s allowance of the Kentucky government to require Medicaid insurance program enrollees to meet work requirements for eligibility in the program. A federal judge agreed with the group and the request to impose work requirements is back at the Department of Health and Human Services — potentially leading to another challenge. Another challenge could reach SCOTUS. If so, the lawsuit could change the process used for Medicaid throughout the country.
  • Columbus v. Trump. This case is a challenge to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). It involves the city of Columbus, Ohio along with a group of other cities and is a direct lawsuit against the president. The suit alleges the president is “deliberately undermining the Affordable Care Act” and “ignoring his constitutional responsibility to enforce the law and subjecting individual Americans to higher healthcare costs.” This is just one example of a number of lawsuits addressing the ACA. Even if SCOTUS does not agree to take on this case, it is likely the court will take on a case on the ACA at some point in the near future.

The holdings from cases like these that reach SCOTUS have a national impact. Courts in every state are required to abide by these rulings.