ICYMI: On June 6, 2023, United States of Care and Community Catalyst hosted a webinar to update state partners on the Braidwood v. Becerra case, providing insights regarding the legal, clinical, equity, legislative, and community implications of the ruling and offering resources and actions for states to protect preventive services. You can watch a replay of the webinar here, access the English-language transcript here, and view the slides here.
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.
Please see our resources below
USofCare Submitted Testimony
Regarding Preventive Care
The O’Neill Institute’s Health Care Litigation Tracker includes detailed information on the Braidwood case, including a list of major filings, amicus briefs, and more. Select filings can also be found below:
Center for American Progress (CAP)
National Health Law Program (NHeLP) Blog:
Georgetown Center on Health Insurance Reform (CHIR) Blog:
- A World Without The ACA’s Preventive Services Protections: The Impact Of The Braidwood Decision
- Coverage of Preventive Services Without Cost Sharing in Jeopardy as Texas Court Strikes Down ACA Protection
Health Affairs Forefront:
Center for Value-Based Insurance Design (V-BID):
- Chart on the Use of Pre-ACA USPSTF Recommendations
- Braidwood Resources
- Clinical and Equity Implications Brief and Infographic
Massachusetts Health Care for All:
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Below are our previous posts on Braidwood
This is a fact sheet outlining the Braidwood decision would affect people’s access to care.
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.
This is USofCare’s CEO & Co-Founder’s official statement on Braidwood v. Becerra
This is a 2-page PDF that shows which preventive services might be affected by Braidwood