NEW: Groups express concerns about the Medicaid ruling
The requirement to have health insurance by 2014 remains in place
Insurance companies must cover people with pre-existing conditions
Small business owners and medical groups disagree over the impacts of the law
The Supreme Court’s decision Thursday to uphold the Affordable Care Act means that the predictions about how it will affect Americans remain in place.
The court did rule that a part of the law involving Medicaid must change. The law calls for an expansion of eligibility for Medicaid, which involves spending by the federal government and the states. The law threatens to remove existing Medicaid funding from states that don’t participate in the expansion. The high court said the government must remove that threat.
Several groups that follow the health care law closely said they were concerned about the high court’s ruling on the Medicaid portion of the law.