June 28, 2012
Supreme Court Upholds Health Care Reform Law
In a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the federal health care reform law’s individual mandate. Therefore, the health care reform law will go into effect as scheduled, unless amended or repealed by Congress. Willis’ National Legal & Research Group is reviewing the court’s decision and will provide detailed analysis in a future publication. On an initial reading, it appears that the court has concluded that:
- The health care reform law’s penalty for individuals who do not have the required health coverage is a tax, and it is within Congress’ authority to impose that tax.
- Because the individual mandate is constitutional, the Court did not need to consider whether or to what extent the remainder of the law may stand.
The case is available at http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/11pdf/11-393c3a2.pdf.
Complimentary seminars will examine the impacts
JULY 10 - WEBCAST
To help you understand and determine the effect of this ruling for your organization, the Willis Human Capital Practice has convened a multidisciplinary group of experts including legal and compliance, placement, and human resources. This group will present a webcast regarding the Supreme Court decision and its implications for employers on July 10, 2012 at 2:00pm. To register, click here.
JULY 13 - LIVE SEMINAR
We will review the implications of the Supreme Court decision as well as next steps in terms of compliance for employer-sponsored health plans. Join us on July 13, 2012 at 3:00pm at Hyatt Place Columbus/OSU. To register, click here.