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Affordable Care Act Update
June 26, 2015
The Cancer Support Community applauds the decision issued by the Supreme Court today, which ensures that millions of Americans will not lose access to their health care coverage. In its decision, the court ruled against the challengers in King v. Burwell, a landmark case that would have had a devastating impact on millions of people who receive health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
King v. Burwell called into question a small phrase in the ACA which says that subsidies will be made available to people buying health insurance on the state-established exchanges, or marketplaces. The plaintiffs in the case argued that this phrase should not apply to people purchasing insurance on the federal exchange--which is currently used by 34 states and more than 7.5 million people.
Had the court ruled in favor of the plaintiffs, millions of people who receive their health insurance through the federal exchange would have lost access to their subsidies. This would have resulted in a drastic increase in health insurance cost for millions of Americans.
As a result of the ACA, there has been an increase in the number of insured Americans. Without much-needed subsidies, it was expected that many people would have lost their insurance, impacting not just their own coverage, but also the costs for all people in the system.
The Cancer Support Community believes that all people should have access to high quality, affordable, comprehensive cancer care that includes medical care as well as social and emotional support.
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