By Emily S. Levenson, AP ReporterHealth care providers, health insurers and consumers say they are preparing to challenge a federal judge’s decision blocking a measure that would bar people with pre-existing conditions from buying health insurance.
The lawsuit filed Monday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia seeks to overturn the ruling by the U and D.C. attorney generals’ office, which found the law violates the Americans with Disabilities Act and federal law.
The lawsuit argues that the law, signed into law by President Donald Trump, is a discriminatory barrier to consumers who already have health insurance, and the District’s attempt to preempt the law by appealing to Congress.
The attorneys general filed their complaint in April, alleging that the statute violates the ADA and the Americans With Disabilities Amendment Act, which require federal programs to allow people with disabilities to access services.
The AGs Office of Civil Rights and Equal Opportunity declined to comment on the suit.
The attorney general’s office argued that the ACA and the ADA were not intended to apply to individuals with disabilities and said the measure is “unconstitutional.”
“This lawsuit is the latest attempt by the AGs office to undermine the ACA, and it is designed to cause confusion, delay, and delay again,” the AG’s office said in a statement.
The measure, called the Affordable Care Act (ACA), is intended to provide Americans with disabilities with affordable, quality health care coverage through an expansion of the Medicaid program that provides health care to low-income Americans.
The plaintiffs are individuals with serious mental illness who have been diagnosed with a mental illness.
They say the law is an undue burden on their ability to purchase coverage and an unfair barrier to individuals who already possess insurance.
They are seeking an injunction to block the law.
“The plaintiffs have every right to obtain coverage through their employers,” said Maryanne M. Schwartz, a senior staff attorney at the law firm of Covington & Burling.
“But the government is attempting to impose its will on the plaintiffs.”
Schwartz said she believes the suit could succeed because the plaintiffs are seeking to expand the law to cover all Americans with mental health conditions, including those who have had a serious mental health episode.
Schwiesens attorneys also noted that the plaintiffs have not requested an injunction, and said they have not yet filed their brief with the court.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia, which represents the plaintiffs, said it is working with them to file a brief with its client list.
The organization said it also is planning to file the lawsuit in the D. C. Circuit Court of Appeals, where it has already filed a similar challenge.
“This case is not about insurance,” said ACLU of Virginia Senior Legal Counsel Catherine Rafferty.
“This case about access to health care is about people with mental illness being denied coverage.
The AGs actions to protect vulnerable people with serious disabilities is not acceptable.”