Attorneys General are at the forefront of health care reform efforts across the country. They have had significant roles in litigation concerning the constitutionality of Federal health care reform, advised state government officials on state efforts, taken active roles in implementation, and continued as leaders in law enforcement.
Attorneys General and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
Originally written in preparation for a health care conference hosted at the National State Attorneys General Program in December of 2011, the following memo was written to examine the role of the state attorney general in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) (PDF) Signed into law on March 23, 2010, the PPACA is a sweeping health care overhaul bill with the goals of holding insurance companies more accountable, lowering health care costs, guaranteeing more health care choices, and enhancing the quality of health care for all Americans.
Constitutionality of Health Care Reform Several lawsuits have been filed challenging the constitutionality of the PPACA. The arguments center upon the individual health insurance mandate requirement.