Whitmer fears the impact of ruling that free ACA screenings are illegal

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer ordered the state Department of Insurance and Financial Services on Monday to take immediate action to protect Michiganders from potentially losing health insurance coverage for preventive services, including colon and lung cancer screenings, and for preventive cancer drugs of the breast, heart disease and HIV.

Whitmer’s action comes after a federal judge in Texas struck down a provision in the Affordable Care Act that required insurance companies to fully cover certain preventive health services, a ruling that could have ripple effects in Michigan and across the country.

U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor of the Northern District of Texas ruled last week in Braidwood Management v. Becerra that the ACA’s requirement that private health insurance companies cover services recommended by the US Preventive Services Task Force at no cost to patients is unconstitutional. He said the members of the task force are volunteers who are not appointed by the president or confirmed by the Senate, as required.

The Affordable Care Act became law in 2010.

What services will be affected by Becerra’s decision?

The decision is effective immediately and applies nationwide, allowing insurance companies the right to deny full coverage of any preventive health services recommended by the task force after March 23, 2010 – the day former President Barack Obama signed the ACA into effect .

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