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.
Insurers lower deductibles and copays for people who qualify for cost-sharing reductions, and are reimbursed by the federal government. 3/8— Sara Collins (@SaraCollins_) May 12, 2016
This ruling could eventually increase health care costs for as many as 7 million people with low and moderate incomes. 6/8— Sara Collins (@SaraCollins_) May 12, 2016
This may lead many people to drop their coverage – likely the healthiest people enrolled in the marketplaces. 7/8— Sara Collins (@SaraCollins_) May 12, 2016
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.
House win on cost-sharing subsidies lawsuit threatens coverage for 7 million people: https://t.co/10KGtGsY2G— Commonwealth Fund (@commonwealthfnd) May 12, 2016