Just before the U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to decide whether to grant review of issues surrounding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, another federal appeals court declared constitutional one of the law’s key provisions (Seven-Sky v. Holder), D.C. Cir., No. 11-5047, 11/8/11). On Nov. 8, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit held that Congress had authority to enact PPACA’s individual mandate, a provision that would require virtually all citizens to maintain health insurance coverage or pay a penalty. That provision, which takes effect in 2014, has been the focus of much of the litigation over PPACA, and federal appeals courts have ruled both ways on the question of its constitutionality. Petitions for Supreme Court review of those rulings are scheduled to be considered Nov. 10. 11.10.2011.