On Monday, April 17, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court declined
to take up West Virginia’s challenge to the decision by the Obama
administration not to enforce certain mandates of the ACA following the
cancellation of millions of plans by insurance companies in 2013. (West Virginia, Ex Rel. Morrisey v. Dept. of
H & HS, 16-721, 4/17/17).
West Virginia argued in lower Federal Courts that states
should be allowed to decide whether to enforce the mandates during the
transition period permitted by the federal government. The lower federal courts held that West
Virginia had not suffered any injury and dismissed the lawsuit. With the Supreme Court’s denial of West
Virginia’s writ of certiorari, the July 2016 ruling by a federal appeals court
refusing to entertain the lawsuit now stands.