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

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Below, Sara Collins, vice president for Health Care Coverage and Access at The Commonwealth Fund, explains who this decision will affect, and what it could mean for the health insurance marketplace overall.

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.

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.

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Publication Details

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

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