Kilmartin files motion against ACA federal lawsuit filed in Texas

PROVIDENCE – Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin, joined by 15 attorneys general, has filed a motion to intervene in Texas et al. v. United States et al., a lawsuit filed in federal district court in Texas seeking to dismantle the Affordable Care Act.

According to an April 9 news release from the R.I. Office of Attorney General, the Texas lawsuit petitioned the federal court to stop Medicaid expansion; end tax credits that help people afford insurance; allow insurance companies to deny coverage to people with pre-existing conditions; take away seniors’ prescription-drug discounts; and strip funding from the nation’s public health system, including work to combat the opioid epidemic.

If the lawsuit succeeds and the ACA was terminated, Americans living in the 15 states and District of Columbia that are part of the coalition could lose half a trillion dollars in health care funding, according to the release.

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