Health insurance subsidies upheld by Supreme Court

U.S. Health Insurance

Supreme Court rules in favor of insurance subsidies through all exchanges The U.S. Supreme Court has issued a ruling on the King v. Burwell case. The case involved certain aspects of the Affordable Care Act that provided subsidies for health insurance exchanges throughout the country. In these exchanges, consumers can find various types of coverage at different price ranges, but most people receive subsidies that offset the cost of this coverage. The case involved whether or not the federal government can provide subsidies in states where in manages an exchange,…

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Health insurance exchanges may be at risk in some states

Michigan Health Insurance - State Plan

Supreme Court ruling could have a major impact on health insurance coverage Lawmakers in several states are working on ways to ensure that people will keep their health insurance pending a ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court. The court is expected to deliver a ruling on whether or not the federal government can provide subsidies for coverage offered through federal insurance exchanges. The ruling is likely to be delivered in the summer, and it could have a major impact on the availability of insurance coverage for millions of people. Michigan…

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Health insurance subsidies are in jeopardy in the US

Health Insurance Expense

Federal appeals court rules that subsidies are illegal Health care is still a problematic issue in the U.S. Earlier this week, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Affordable Care Act does not grant the Internal Revenue Service the authority to distribute subsidies through state-based insurance exchanges. This ruling implies that the subsidies provided to those receiving coverage through these exchanges are illegal. Merely hours after the court had issued its ruling, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that these subsidies were actually legal. Contradictory rulings place…

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Supreme Court rules against health insurance provision of Affordable Care Act

Supreme Court rules to overturn provision forcing companies to provide coverage for contraceptive care The U.S. Supreme Court has issued a ruling concerning the Affordable Care Act’s provision prohibiting organization from denying coverage for birth control and contraceptive care on religious grounds. This provision has generated a significant degree of controversy alongside the other provisions of the health care reform law. The ruling from the Supreme Court may dispel some of this controversy, but it will also allow businesses and other organizations to deny coverage for contraceptive care. Ruling marks…

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Oklahoma shelves plans to build its own health insurance exchange

Oklahoma lawmakers have determined that the state will not work to build its own health insurance exchange. The exchange is mandated by the Affordable Care Act. Federal officials claim that insurance exchanges would give consumers access to affordable coverage and help reduce the cost of insurance premiums. Oklahoma legislators are not keen to take this as fact, however, and will wait until the U.S. Supreme Court has reviewed the federal law before they continue to work to comply with the federal government’s mandates. Oklahoma is one of many states that…

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Louisiana’s Citizens Insurance group files emergency application seeking the aid of the U.S. Supreme Court

Louisiana’s Citizens Property Insurance Corporation, a state-run insurance group that accounts for the majority of the state’s insurance policies, has filed an emergency application for stay to the U.S. Supreme Court. The insurer is looking to bar further seizures from a 2009 class-action case that saw more than $90 million returned to consumers. The stay application, which was filed on Monday of this week, argues that the Louisiana Supreme Court violated the insurer’s right of due process by prohibiting the organization from mounting an appropriate defense during the litigation. The…

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Judges uneasy with individual health insurance requirement law

Three judges from a federal appeals court have questioned the element of President Obama’s health care changes that would require almost every American to obtain health insurance in order to avoid penalties.  At hearing held on June 8, 2011, three 11th Circuit Court of Appeals judges in Atlanta who had been on a panel debating whether keeping the new health care law should lead to the adoption of other wide reaching economic mandates by Congress, expressed concerns about the new requirements.  The ruling on a lawsuit filed by 26 states…

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