If the U.S. Supreme Court determines in the King v. Burwell case that the federal subsidies are illegal, there are still options available for the 34 states that rely on the federal insurance exchange, former senior officials from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services write in a new analysis.
If the U.S. Supreme Court rules against the Affordable Care Act later this month in the King v. Burwell case, there still may be hope for insurers to keep their members who need subsidies to afford coverage. That's because it might be easier than initially thought for states to create their own health insurance exchanges and save consumers' subsidies.
If the U.S. Supreme Court determines federal subsidies are illegal when it rules in the King v. Burwell case, it would dramatically increase costs and lower enrollment in the individual market, according to two separate studies.
Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has decided to hear a case challenging the legality of Affordable Care Act subsidies, many states are looking into options that would make them immune to a potential ruling invalidating subsidies.