Health Care in the Courts: Supreme Court Ruling on the Affordable Care Act

The Affordable Care Act is a landmark health policy package signed into law in March 2010 and has faced no shortage of political controversy and legal challenges over its 11-year history. One such case (Texas v. California) began when the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 effectively eliminated the individual mandate provision, and has since worked its way through a United States district court, a U.S. court of appeals, and now the Supreme Court.

The day after the Supreme Court released their 7-2 ruling, this briefing helped our audience understand what they are reading in the news and what to expect in the coming weeks and months from the courts, Congress, regulatory agencies, and the health care market. Panelists provided insights on the legal framework and timeline of this case, as well as implications for industry stakeholders and consumer access and affordability. They also explored potential federal and state legislative and administrative options in response to the ruling.


  • Thomas R. Barker, J.D., Partner, Foley Hoag, LLP
  • Elizabeth Carpenter, Head of Advisory Services, Avalere Health
  • Katie Keith, J.D., MPH, Professor, Georgetown University | Principal, Keith Policy Solutions, LLC
  • Sarah J. Dash, MPH, President and CEO, Alliance for Health Policy (moderator)