Supreme Court Protects Health Care Access for Millions of Americans 

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WASHINGTON – Wade Henderson, interim president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, released the following statement after the Supreme Court ruled 7-2 that the plaintiffs did not have standing to challenge the Affordable Care Act in California v. Texas:

“The Supreme Court decision means 133 million people with pre-existing conditions who depend on the Affordable Care Act and the millions of people who live in states that expanded Medicaid will still have access to health care. The ACA has provided crucial health coverage and expanded access to our nation’s most vulnerable communities, especially as we continue to grapple with the COVID-19 crisis. It is vital that this ruling be the end of politically motivated attacks against the ACA as we work toward creating an equitable health care system that serves everyone. And it is time to close the Medicaid coverage gap and expand Medicaid to the 12 states that have not taken expansion.” 

In May 2020, The Leadership Conference joined the National Women’s Law Center, National Partnership for Women & Families, Black Women’s Health Imperative, American Medical Women’s Association, and 76 other organizations in a “friend of the court” brief in this case. That brief is available here.

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