More than 10 million people have signed up and paid their premiums to start their coverage of plans purchased on the federal health insurance exchange, according to data released Tuesday from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. But that data also showed that more than 6 million are at risk of losing their subsidies depending on how the U.S. Supreme Court rules later this month in King v. Burwell.
State officials held a secret 24-hour meeting in Chicago in early May to discuss their options should the Supreme Court decide federal subsidies only are allowed in states that established their own health insurance exchanges.
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The four words that prompted the Supreme Court to hear King v. Burwell may have made it into the final text of the law because of a drafting error.
It appears Republicans have a backup plan should the Supreme Court strike down federal subsidies in states that did not establish their own health insurance exchange: A proposal that would cap subsidies at 300 percent of the federal poverty level, limit tax exclusions on employer-sponsored health plans and use state grants in lieu of Medicaid expansion.
An estimated 9.8 million Americans may be uninsured come 2016 should states continue to forgo Medicaid expansion and should the Supreme Court side with the plaintiffs in King v. Burwell and determine federal subsidies are illegal in states not operating their own health insurance exchanges, according to a new issue brief from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Healthcare.gov CEO Kevin Counihan has some words of caution for state governments that may be tempted to build their own insurance exchanges.
Struggling state-run health insurance marketplaces are getting creative when it comes to financing their operations. Some state officials are toying with raising fees on insurers, possibly sharing costs with other states or turning their whole system over to Healthcare.gov, reported the Washington Post.
Republicans agree that they want to repeal the Affordable Care Act, but their plan of attack once the Supreme Court issues its King v. Burwell ruling in June regarding the legality of federal subsidies remains up in the air.
Congressional Republicans are mulling whether to allow individuals to keep their Affordable Care Act federal subsidies until 2017.