The law’s requirement for most Americans to carry insurance is unconstitutional, and is not within Congress’ power to punish American citizens who do not comply.  That was the decision by Federal Judge Hudson.

Ken Cuccinelli, Virginia’s attorney general filed a law suit against the federal government on behalf of the State of Virginia.

It is important to note that health care reform legislation from the Obama administration is distinct and separate from CMS mandates pronounced in August 2008 for new health care standards such as a new way to send and receive claims data electronically (HIPAA X12 5010) and a new standard of coding medical diagnosis and medical procedures (ICD-10) still apply.   These requirements and others such as reimbursement incentives from CMS for HEDIS Five Star Quality Ratings are still in effect.

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