Health care reform
By a vote of 6 to 3, the Supreme Court today ruled against the latest challenge to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), clearing the way for federal subsidies to continue for people who purchase health insurance on both the federal and state-run exchanges.
In this case (King v. Burwell), the plaintiffs asserted that the Affordable Care Act did not provide for subsidies to people who purchased insurance on federally run exchanges. They argued that language in the law allowed subsidies only through state-run exchanges. The government disagreed, arguing that Congress had intended for subsidies to be available on all the health insurance exchanges operating under the auspices of the ACA. The Court’s majority sided with the government’s interpretation.
So far, only 16 states and the District of Columbia have implemented their own health insurance exchanges. Of the more than 10 million people who have purchased health insurance on the nation’s exchanges, about 6.4 million received their coverage through the federal exchange or "Marketplace." Today’s ruling means that millions of people will continue to receive subsidies for health care coverage.
For more information, see our recent article "Supreme Court hears oral arguments on subsidy challenge."