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Issue Brief
August 2012

How the Supreme Court's Decision Affects Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act

In June 2012, the Supreme Court's decision on the Affordable Care Act ruled that the penalty for states that don't expand Medicaid is unconstitutional. By removing the penalty, the court's decision changed the Medicaid expansion from a state requirement to an option. The court's ruling does not affect any other part of the law.

Get more information about how the Supreme Court's decision affects the health care law and what advocates need to know about the Medicaid expansion. Advocates can also learn more about what they should do to encourage their states to expand Medicaid and how this decision will affect residents with low incomes.