Update on The Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act of 2011

July 30, 2012

The Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act of 2010, as amended by the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (collectively referred to as “PPACA”) was recently reviewed by the United States Supreme Court and, for the most part, upheld by a vote of 5-4. In its opinion, the Supreme Court found that PPACA’s individual mandate was a legal tax within Congress’ constitutional taxing authority, but that the penalty associated with the mandatory expansion of Medicaid was unconstitutional. With the recent ruling, focus is now shifting to how PPACA will be implemented and carried out over the years to come, as the provisions of PPACA are to be gradually phased in until 2019. Below please find a brief summary of the Supreme Court’s recent decision, as well as what we believe to be the most important provisions of PPACA with the greatest impact to our clients, including employers, group health plans, providers, insurers, and taxpayers.

To read the full summary, please see attachment below

Download PDF

Legal Disclaimer:
No representation is made that the quality of services to be performed is greater than the quality of legal services performed by other lawyers.
send article


  • “He is great. The most important thing I think is judgment, whether more aggressive or more conservative than a firm’s first inclination. Tom’s got a great sense of discretion and judgment and he clearly knows the topic area very well. We never have an issue with us having to prompt ‘try this theory’. He’s smart and very pleasant, responsive as anything.”

    -Chambers 2012

  • "Erich has a keen legal mind such that he is able to easily translate complex legal issues into simple layman's terms.  I view him as a trusted counsel who is also very responsive and easy to work with.  I highly recommend him."


  • "Burr & Forman has very good experience, and I would highly recommend the firm."

    -Best Lawyers 2012

  • "Erich is a great partner and attorney.  His solutions are creative, effective and efficient and he and his team do a great job with execution."


  • “I have an excellent working relationship with a number of attorneys at the firm, all of whom I trust to handle our problems. Even at a generously negotiated rate, we pay the attorneys at Burr & Forman a slightly higher rate than we pay other attorneys for similar services. We are willing to pay that premium because of the firm’s competence in so many areas, whereas other smaller firms tend to specialize in areas and have weaknesses in others.”

    -Chambers 2012