By Tammy Alexander
In June the U.S. Supreme Court upheld most of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The one exception involves the expansion of Medicaid–the Court ruled that the federal government may not revoke all Medicaid funds from states which choose not to expand their programs using the new guidelines.
The MCC Washington Office joined more than 60 national, state and local faith-based organizations in filing an amicus (friend of the court) brief in support of Medicaid expansions in the ACA, arguing that they more completely address the original intent of Medicaid–to fulfill the moral imperative to assist those who are poor and sick. Also joining the brief were Everence Financial and Mennonite Healthcare Fellowship.
In 2013 the focus will be on implementation, education and urging states to expand Medicaid.