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What's at Stake: The House v. Burwell Case

On May 12, 2016, a federal judge ruled that the Obama administration could no longer pay for the Affordable Care Act’s cost-sharing reductions for low- and moderate income families, because Congress had never expressly appropriated funds for that purpose. The ruling in House v. Burwell was stayed and therefore will not take effect immediately. While the case will be appealed, it could put coverage for millions of Americans in jeopardy.

For a deeper look at how the Affordable Care Act's cost-sharing reductions affect consumers' out-of-pocket costs, read the report cited below.

For more on the case, who it affects, and how, see the two blog posts below.

Publication Details

Publication Date: May 20, 2016
Contact: Sara R. Collins, Vice President, Health Care Coverage and Access, Programs, The Commonwealth Fund
Citation: S. Collins, "What's At Stake? The House v. Burwell Case," To the Point, The Commonwealth Fund, May 20, 2016.