Massachusetts joins 16-state coalition defending ACA against Texas challenge

By Mark Iandolo | Apr 16, 2018

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced April 9 that she has joined 16 other attorneys general to intervene in a lawsuit that attempts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act (ACA). 

Texas v. U.S., a lawsuit under way, attempts to take down the ACA by petitioning a federal court to stop expanding Medicaid, stop giving tax credits for people for insurance and other measures. In a motion to intervene, the attorneys general argue the lawsuit imperils health care coverage for all Americans, particularly groups that are more vulnerable such as seniors, children and people with chronic medical conditions or disabilities. 

“Despite repeated attempts to sabotage the Affordable Care Act, it remains the law of the land,” Healey said. “I am joining with my colleagues to protect access to healthcare for families across Massachusetts.”

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra is leading the coalition of attorneys general. Joining him and Healey, are the attorneys general of Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Kentucky, Minnesota, New Jersey, North Carolina, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and the District of Columbia.  

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