Armon reacts to U.S. Supreme Court ruling in King v. Burwell
Bruce D. Armon, chair of Saul Ewing’s Health Care Practice, commented on the significance of the June 25, 2015 ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court in King v. Burwell, a case challenging a key aspect of the Affordable Care Act. The Court ruled that consumers can continue to receive tax credits to buy health insurance through the federal exchange in 34 states that did not set up their own state exchanges.
Bruce told Law360: “The court’s decision in King v. Burwell provides a sense of stability for hospitals, physicians and insurers — and over 6 million individuals who receive health insurance in the 34 states that use the federal exchange. In noting that ‘Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them,’ the court took an expansive analysis of the law’s ‘interlocking reforms’ and the ‘death spiral’ that could result if participants in a federal exchange could not receive tax credits similar to their counterparts in a state exchange program. I expect reform efforts across the health care delivery system will continue.”
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