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April 13, 2015

Court Blocks Mo. Limits on Nonprofits Helping People With Obamacar

A U.S. appeals court has blocked portions of a Missouri law that placed sharp restrictions on organizations working to help uninsured people sign up for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act, The Wall Street Journal reports. 

The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday that challengers to Missouri's 2013 law, which mandated that anyone providing advice on health insurance obtain a state license, were likely to succeed in their argument that the state was improperly impeding federal efforts to implement the health-reform law.

Obamacare backers said the decision could have implications in several states that have enacted similar limits.The White House has provided grants to clinics, faith groups, and other nonprofits in dozens of states to train and deploy counselors to help people enroll in health plans. Proponents of licensing laws say their aim is to protect consumers from potential identity theft or poor advice.