This morning, the Supreme Court announced its decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) subsidies in all states in its ruling in the case, King v. Burwell. The decision has preserved the subsidized access to care received by 6.4 million people since the ACA was enacted.
The case challenged that the ACA provision exceeded its authority when the Internal Revenue Service provided subsidies in both state-run exchanges and federal exchanges, when the regulation outlined subsidies for state-established exchanges.
The $1.7 billion in federal subsidies provides far more benefit than just making insurance affordable. For the health care community, it means that Americans are visiting their providers to take control of their health and address problems at the earliest, most treatable stages. As a nation, this is realized with lower overall health care costs and in keeping our workforce productive.