High Court Eyes Power of Federal Funds in Health Law Row

Law360, New York (March 20, 2012, 8:11 PM EDT) -- The final question the Supreme Court will consider in the health reform case — whether the federal government is forcing the states to expand Medicaid by threatening to take away funding for the program if they don’t — has the potential to fundamentally change the way Congress doles out money to the states, experts say.

The ability of Congress to set conditions on the money it gives states for partnership programs has long been upheld by the high court, which has described the relationship as a...
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