The work of a University of Kentucky law professor helped shape the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on the constitutionality of the federal health-care reform law. Two of the major issues in question was whether the government could be force people to buy health insurance — often referred to as the individual mandate — and if the federal government could use its fiscal powers top make states expand Medicaid eligibility to 133 percent of the federal poverty level. The mandate was upheld, as was the Medicaid expansion, though the ruling will allow states to choose whether or not they want to expand their programs.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg cited the work of UK professor Nicole Huberfeld "in a portion of her concurring opinion dealing with the expansion of Medicaid," reports Brian Powers for Business Lexington. In her work, Huberfeld has focused on the program for the poor and disabled and had researched "the intersection of constitutional law and health-care law," Powers reports. When Huberfeld was told her work had been cited she said it was "amazing," as well as "thrilling ... humbling." She added, "We sometimes feel that we perform our research and publish it and get it out there, and to know that someone is actually reading it is really gratifying. When you write, you hope that someone reads your research." (Read more)