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Disabled Texans worry loss of Affordable Care Act could cost them programs that help them live independently


January 4, 2021

Texas Tribune - Texas is leading a group of conservative states, with the backing of outgoing President Donald Trump, in a legal battle to have the sprawling health care law struck down. Texas argued last month before the U.S. Supreme Court that when Congress in 2017 eliminated the individual mandate, a tax for people who do not obtain health insurance, the rest of the law became unconstitutional.

“The ACA was a huge deal in terms of fairness for insurance for all Americans, but certainly for people with disabilities,” said Brian Shannon, a law professor at Texas Tech University who has served on the Governor's Committee on People with Disabilities.

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