Friday, September 5, 2014

Full D.C. Appeals Court Expected to Uphold ACA Subsidies

Source: Modern Healthcare

The District of Columbia U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington on Thursday said the full 11-member court will rehear the controversial case that ruled Americans could not receive subsidies to help pay for plans on federally run health insurance exchanges.

Opponents of the Affordable Care Act greeted the D.C. court's initial ruling with praise, saying the judges upheld the text of the law. The law's supporters, however, argued the court read the text too narrowly and applied an unreasonable and inaccurate interpretation of exchange subsidies.

Much is at stake for consumers with the ruling. Without the subsidies, many would be forced to pay higher, potentially unaffordable monthly premiums. HHS said individuals with federal plans who qualified for the tax credits paid an average of $82 a month in health insurance premiums, down from the $346 monthly premium they would otherwise pay.

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