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What the SCOTUS King v. Burwell Ruling Means for CT (cue applause)

applaud kvb2Today’s post is by Elizabeth Krause, VP of Policy and Communications

The Connecticut Health Foundation (CT Health) office was graced with cheers, hugs, high fives, and victory laps this morning.

The Supreme Court ruled 6-3 in favor of the federal government in the King v. Burwell case that challenged the legality of Affordable Care Act (ACA) tax credits that make health insurance more affordable for millions of Americans in the 34 states that use healthcare.gov.  In short, millions will continue to receive financial assistance if they qualify.  We think this is a very good thing.

Connecticut, as a state with its own health insurance marketplace, Access Health CT,  is not one of the states that was at risk.  So what does the ruling mean for us?  In practical terms, nothing.  Nothing changes in Connecticut.

In symbolic terms, today’s ruling emboldens Connecticut to press on as a national health reform leader.  It enables us to stand with those in all states who are working to ensure people have the affordable health insurance that they need, no matter what kind of marketplace a state has chosen.  And Connecticut gains peace-of-mind.  CT Health feared that if the decision had gone the other way, Connecticut could have found itself affected down the line in unclear ways.

As one of the most successful states in implementing ACA coverage expansions, Connecticut knows a thing or two about the essentiality of tax credits.  Over 75 percent of Access Health CT plan consumers have gained coverage thanks to tax credits and this has contributed to cutting the state’s uninsured rate in half.  CT Health knows tax credits are an indispensable tool for realizing the goals that the foundation shares with the ACA:  improving health outcomes, reducing health disparities, and transforming the delivery system.  We are glad SCOTUS agreed.

Press Statement: CT Health Applauds SCOTUS King v. Burwell Ruling

Blog Post: Why do ACA Tax Credits Matter? A CT Family’s Perspective

Resource: King v. Burwell Talking Points for CT Consumers and Communities

Blog Post: Ron Pollack of Families USA on KvB and CT