Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court announced it was upholding a key provision found in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) that would allow subsidies to consumers purchasing health insurance in states where the insurance exchange marketplace is operated by the federal government. This latest action by the Supreme Court reaffirms the law's validity and virtually assures uninterrupted implementation of the health reform law signed by the president in 2010.
Opponents of the law stated that subsidies should be made available only to those where exchanges were operated by the state. However, the Supreme Court found that congressional intent did not preclude exchanges operated by the federal government from offering subsidies to patients looking to obtain health insurance on the exchange.
For ACA and its members, the Supreme Court's decision means the association's current legislative and regulatory strategies to ensure the full and non-discriminatory inclusion of chiropractic physicians in America's health system will continue as planned. Learn more about health care reform and ACA's advocacy efforts at www.acatoday.org/hcr.