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Braidwood v. Becerra

On September 7, 2022, Judge Reed O’Connor, a federal district judge in Texas, issued a ruling in the case Braidwood Management v. Becerra, a lawsuit that challenges the requirement that most health plans cover preventive services at no cost under the Affordable Care Act.

On March 30, 2023, this same federal judge issued another ruling, clarifying that his decision applies nationwide and not just to the parties involved in this case. With this additional ruling, access to critical preventative care for more than 150 million people is now at risk – including approximately 37 million children.

This decision is a sweeping ruling that will have significant implications for our health care system. 

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Mapping ACA Protections: States Safeguarding Preventive Services

All preventive services bills introduced since the initial Braidwood v. Becerra District Court decision

States with Laws Protecting Cost-Free Access to Preventive Services

Please see our resources below

USofCare Submitted Testimony
Regarding Preventive Care


Additional Resources

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Below are our previous posts on Braidwood


September 20:

FACT SHEET: Braidwood Management Inc. v. Becerra Challenges Preventive Services Requirement Under the Affordable Care Act

This is a fact sheet outlining the Braidwood decision would affect people’s access to care.

September 14:

CHART: 2023 USPSTF Recommendations Impacted by Braidwood Decision

This chart breaks down the various services recommended by the US Preventive Services Task Force and how they’d be affected by the Braidwood decision.

March 30:

United States of Care Issues Statement in Response to Ruling in Braidwood Management v. Becerra Case

This is USofCare’s CEO & Co-Founder’s official statement on Braidwood v. Becerra

March 21:

FACT SHEET: No-Cost Preventive Services Affected by Braidwood Decision

This is a 2-page PDF that shows which preventive services might be affected by Braidwood