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Will Health Care Reform Stand in 2012?

In late March, the Supreme Court will hear arguments on the constitutionality of the “Individual Mandate”.

The Court is allowing more than 5 hours and we can expect a ruling by late June. Couple this with a Presidential election in November and this is shaping up for a big year for the U.S.

If the individual mandate is struck down, what happens with the rest of the Health Care Reform Law? This is the key question the Supreme Court will be ruling on as well.

The White House has already sent a brief to the Supreme Court asking if the justices rule the mandate unconstitutional to keep other parts of the law intact. Except for the law requiring health carriers to accept everyone regardless of health conditions and applying the community rating.

Can other parts of the law operate independently if the mandate is kicked out? There many examples to where I think the answer is yes. One example is  100% coverage for preventative services. Getting individuals to proactively think about their health rather than being reactive is a positive step in the right direction.

If you’d like to know more about Health Reform Law and the individual mandate, contact me for the most current, authoritative information on the subject.

Mark Karlie

mkarlie@vanbeurden.com

Vice President | Kingsburg