A federal appeals court panel says the Commerce Clause in the Constitution gives Congress the authority to compel large employers to offer health coverage.

The three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday rejected a challenge to the individual and employer mandates in President Obama's Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

"We hold that the employer mandate is a valid exercise of Congress's authority under the Commerce Clause," the panel's ruling said.

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Allison Bell

Allison Bell, a senior reporter at ThinkAdvisor and BenefitsPRO, previously was an associate editor at National Underwriter Life & Health. She has a bachelor's degree in economics from Washington University in St. Louis and a master's degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. She can be reached through X at @Think_Allison.