The Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that states cannot block insurers from charging people with disabilities for the same medical services that people with no disabilities receive.
The justices, in a 5-4 decision, said states cannot ban insurance plans that are designed to cover medically necessary services such as dental, vision and hearing care for people with intellectual disabilities.
States have historically refused to provide coverage to people with mental illness or disabilities because it would create barriers to insurance coverage for those with other disabilities.
The court also rejected a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas, which argued that people who are unable to pay for their insurance because of disabilities should not be treated differently from others.
The ruling also reversed a lower court’s decision that states may not prevent insurers from covering certain types of dental care for individuals with a disability.
The decision, however, could open the door to states to expand coverage to some types of services for people without disabilities, as long as those services are covered under an alternative insurance plan.