In November of 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear the case of King v. Burwell. The case challenges the subsidies paid to those enrolled in Qualified Health Plans in states with a Federally-Facilitated Marketplace (FFM), such as Ohio. Subsidies help make health insurance affordable for those with low and moderate incomes.
The Court did not have to review this case. The case does not present a constitutional issue, and there was no disagreement among the federal Courts of Appeals that first heard the case. Why did four justices (the minimum number needed to accept a case) decide to take this case? Many think the Supreme Court wants to reverse the Court of Appeals ruling that protected the subsidies in the majority of the states.
If so, will they find their 5th vote to throw the subsidies of over 230,000 Ohioans into doubt? Not if UHCAN Ohio and thousands of consumer activists across the country can persuade them otherwise, through the powerful stories of people currently getting subsidies in Ohio and the 26 other affected states. If you are a person who is getting a subsidy in the Marketplace or know someone who is, we want to hear from you. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on March 4, 2015, and a decision is anticipated by the end of June 2015.