Attorney General Lisa Madigan today joined a coalition of 17 attorneys general in filing a notice of appeal in Texas v. U.S., defending the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the healthcare of millions of Americans. Today’s filing moves the legal defense of the ACA to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals where Madigan and the other attorneys general will appeal the lower court’s ruling that the ACA is unconstitutional. 

“Millions of people, including children with pre-existing conditions and low-income families on Medicaid, rely on vital health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act,” Madigan said. “I will continue to defend the Affordable Care Act to help people in Illinois and around the country have access to health care they need.”

On December 14, 2018, a federal district court issued an opinion in Texas v. U.S., ruling that the ACA was unconstitutional. In response, Madigan and the other attorneys general filed an expedited motion to ensure that the ACA continues to be implemented and enforced nationwide. On December 30, 2018, the district court granted that request to certify the judgement for appeal and a request to stay the judgment pending that appeal. 

Madigan and the other attorneys general said the district court’s decision could disrupt the healthcare of people across the country including:

  • 133 million Americans, including 17 million children, with preexisting health conditions;
  • Young adults under 26 years of age who are covered under a parent’s health plan;
  • Nearly 12 million Americans who received coverage through Medicaid expansion;
  • 12 million seniors who receive a Medicare benefit to afford prescription drugs; and
  • Working families who rely on tax credits and employer-sponsored plans to afford insurance. 

A copy of today’s filing can be found here.