What High Court's ACA Ruling Means For Health Insurers

By Stephanie Webster, Michael McDougall, Nicholas Wallace and Matthew Colin (May 7, 2020, 6:33 PM EDT) -- On April 27, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the federal government has an obligation to pay insurance companies approximately $12 billion under the risk corridors program of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The opinion, Maine Community Health Options v. United States, emphasizes that, by enacting a statute, Congress may create a legal obligation to pay third parties, even absent adequate appropriation....

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