Connecticut stands to lose hundreds of millions of federal dollars if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns the Obama Administration's health care initiative.
At stake is some $460 million in federal funds the state would get next year under the federal health initiative to help pay the medical care costs of many of its impoverished residents, according to a report today in the Connecticut Mirror. However, that money could vanish if the nation's high court strikes down the president's health care initiative.
The loss of the funds would force the state to make some difficult choices in coming years on how it serves the health care needs of its poorest residents, state officials told the website.
The Supreme Court earlier this year held arguments on a combined case that was brought by several entities, including Florida and Virginia, challenging Obama's health care law. The court is expected to rule this week or next. (Here's on the legal battle over the law.)
While critics have blasted the law's so-called "individual mandate," which would require everyone in comings years to have health insurance or pay a federal tax fine, other measures in the law have since grown popular with the public, including a mandate that requires insurance companies to provide coverage to dependent children up to the age of 26 and another that bars insurers from denying coverage to those with pre-existing conditions.