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24 More School Districts Sign Onto Health Care Lawsuit

A total of 39 school corporations are challenging the federal government's ability to mandate schools provide health coverage for their employees or face fines.

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The school districts are joining the state in challenging the employer mandate under the Affordable Care Act.

Twenty-four additional school corporations joined a lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act today, bringing the total number to 39.

Fifteen school districts and the state of Indiana originally filed the lawsuit in in October.

It alleges the Affordable Care Act does not specifically allow the federal government to impose financial penalties in states that opted to use the federal instead of a state-based health exchange.

The lawsuit also argues says penalties can’t be applied to government employers because that would mean the federal government is taxing a state agency—something outlawed in the Tenth Amendment.

Here’s a list of the 24 school corporations joining the lawsuit:

  • Area 30 Career Center Education Interlocal, Greencastle
  • Charles A. Beard Memorial School Corporation, Knightstown
  • Cloverdale Community School Corporation, Cloverdale
  • Daleville Community Schools, Daleville
  • Eastern Howard School Corporation, Greentown
  • East Porter County School Corporation, Kouts
  • Eminence Community School Corporation, Eminence
  • Fayette County School Corporation, Connersville
  • Greencastle Community School Corporation, Greencastle
  • Monroe Central School Corporation, Parker City
  • Nettle Creek School Corporation, Hagerstown
  • Northeastern Wayne School Corporation, Fountain City
  • North Putnam Community School Corporation, Bainbridge
  • Northwestern School Corporation, Kokomo
  • North West Hendricks School Corporation, Lizton
  • Old National Trail Special Services Cooperative, Greencastle
  • Salem Community Schools, Salem
  • Shelby Eastern School Corporation, Fairland
  • South Gibson School Corporation, Fort Branch
  • South Putnam Community School Corporation, Greencastle
  • Taylor Community School Corporation, Kokomo
  • Union School Corporation, Modoc
  • Western School Corporation, Russiaville
  • Western Wayne Schools, Pershing

And the 15 schools that initially filed the complaint include:

  • Metropolitan School District of Martinsville, Martinsville
  • Perry Central Community Schools, Leopold
  • Benton Community School Corporation, Fowler
  • Community School Corporation of Eastern Hancock County, Charlottesville
  • John Glenn School Corporation, Walkerton
  • Monroe-Gregg School District, Monrovia
  • Mooresville Consolidated School Corporation, Mooresville
  • North Lawrence Community Schools, Bedford
  • Northwestern Consolidated School District of Shelby County, Fairland
  • Shelbyville Central Schools, Shelbyville
  • Southwest Parke Community School Corporation, Montezuma
  • Vincennes Community School Corporation, Vincennes
  • Madison Consolidated Schools, Madison
  • South Henry School Corporation, Straughn
  • Southwestern Jefferson County Consolidated School Corporation, Hanover
Gretchen Frazee

Gretchen Frazee is a reporter/producer for WFIU and WTIU news. Prior to her current role, Frazee worked as the associate online content coordinator for WFIU/WTIU. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia where she studied multimedia journalism and anthropology. You can follow her on Twitter @gretchenfrazee.

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  • June Wickboldt

    Claire,
    Why do you say that the school districts are “complying’ with the ACA? They are not “complying”; they are circumventing the law. Using ‘complying’ is ‘spin’ and implying that the employees are losing the hours due to the law. No, they are losing the hours because the schools rather pay high salaries to administrators than provide health care to employees.

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