The United States Supreme Court today upheld a provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that gives health insurance premium tax credits to qualified consumers who buy coverage in states without a health benefits marketplace. Covered California is the marketplace for the Golden State. This highly anticipated ruling in the case of King v. Burwell preserves the health care arrangements of nearly seven million Americans in 34 states without marketplaces who rely on tax credits to make their health plans more affordable.
“The court’s action today is great news for millions of people in other states whose access to affordable health coverage was on the line,” said CHCF President and CEO Dr. Sandra Hernández. “We hope that this ruling will hasten the conclusion of the seemingly endless political debate about the law.
“After the ACA was enacted in 2010, California government and industry leaders had the foresight to swiftly establish Covered California,” Hernández said. “That was a wise decision not only because the exchange now has 1.3 million enrollees, but also because the state exchange insulated Californians from the financial and health risks posed by this legal challenge.
“Consumer advocates and health policy leaders in government and industry deserve great credit for not hesitating five years ago to do what was best for California,” Hernández added. “The people of our state now expect our leaders to build on this foundation so the state can remain an example for the rest of the nation. CHCF will continue working with consumers, providers, health plans, and government officials to implement the ACA successfully in California.”
About the California Health Care Foundation
The California Health Care Foundation is dedicated to advancing meaningful, measurable improvements in the way the health care delivery system provides care to the people of California, particularly those with low incomes and those whose needs are not well served by the status quo. We work to ensure that people have access to the care they need, when they need it, at a price they can afford.