KY attorney general opposing federal ruling on health care law

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear announced Monday he is joining other attorneys general in opposing a federal judge’s ruling last week that struck down the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA).

On Friday, a federal judge in Texas ruled that last year’s tax cut bill knocked the constitutional foundation from under the ACA by eliminating a penalty for not having coverage.

Andy Beshear says the ruling will have devastating effects on Kentucky, and could impact the health care of over 1.3 million Kentuckians.

Beshear says it will strip away key benefits for people with pre-existing conditions, eliminate seniors’ prescription drug discounts and allow companies to charge women and seniors more for their coverage.

He also adds treatment for substance abuse would no longer be a required benefit. Beshear says the ACA has been a vital tool to help Kentucky fight the opioid epidemic because the law requires insurance plans to cover substance abuse treatment on par with other services.

Beshear says in the coming days, he and a group of attorneys generals will take legal actions to appeal the Texas ruling.

He says the goal is for the United State Supreme Court to rule on the matter.

The law will remain in place while the ruling is appealed

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