On June 17, 2021, in California v Texas, a majority of the US Supreme Court rejected the latest challenge to the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on the grounds that the plaintiffs lacked standing to bring their claims.1 This ruling marks the third time that the US Supreme Court rejected a challenge to the constitutionality of the ACA.1 The new lease on life for the ACA creates a window of opportunity for curtailing the ranks of the uninsured. Living up to this imperative will require the executive and legislative branches of the federal government to make the most of the policy options available to them. This Viewpoint reviews the national coverage gap and its potential redress by enhancing federal outreach to the uninsured, rendering permanent the health insurance benefits of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), and establishing a federal health insurance program for low-income adults in states that did not expand their Medicaid programs.
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Adashi EY, O’Mahony DP, Cohen IG. The Affordable Care Act Resurrected: Curtailing the Ranks of the Uninsured. JAMA. 2021;326(18):1797–1798. doi:10.1001/jama.2021.17531
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