What does the question of "severability" mean
The issue of severability is the most important argument for
patients, as it puts very popular provisions of the Affordable Care
Act (ACA) in jeopardy. If the Supreme Court rules that the
individual mandate is unconstitutional and not severable from ACA,
the entire law would be invalidated, including the guaranteed-issue
provision and the community-rating provision.
The insurance-market reforms may be some of the most touted
pieces by supporters of the ACA. These provision bars insurers from
denying coverage due to a pre-existing condition or imposing
life-time or annual limits on a person's health care coverage.
The community-rating provision prohibits insurers from charging
higher premiums based on a patient's medical history. These two
provisions are very important to people with disabilities or with
chronic or expensive health conditions, as these patients were
those traditionally found it incredibly difficult — if
not impossible — to find affordable health care to cover
Other popular provisions would be invalidated if the individual
mandate were found unconstitutional and the law were deemed not
severable, including some that have gone into effect –
allowing young adults to stay on their parents' insurance until
age 26 and expanding prescription drug coverage for Medicare
beneficiaries, to name just a few.
To read the impact of severability on health care providers,
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