[Press Statement] – CHAIN CEO On Impact of ACA Ruling in Florida

PRESS STATEMENT

July 22, 2014

Contact: Athena Smith Ford / [email protected] / 570-760-1828

ACA Ruling Has No Impact on Floridians

This morning a panel of judges on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals released their decision on Halbig v. Burwell, a case about the subsidies in federally-facilitated Marketplaces. This ruling has no immediate impact to subsidies and the decision is expected to be appealed almost immediately to the full D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Leah Barber-Heinz, CEO of the statewide consumer health advocacy organization FL CHAIN, had this to say, “Today’s decision in Halibig v. Burwell has no immediate impact on Floridians’ ability to use premium tax credit to pay for plans purchased through the health insurance marketplace. Nearly 1 million Floridians enrolled in the new health insurance Marketplace during open enrollment; 91% of them received financial help to pay for it. It’s important for consumers to understand that this financial help is still available and this ruling didn’t change that.”  She added, “We are confident that when the full D.C. Court of Appeals reviews this case they will recognize, just as multiple other courts have ruled, that the clear intent of Congress was that Marketplace enrollees who qualify for financial help receive it. Florida CHAIN will continue our work to ensure consumers are educated about their health insurance options through the Affordable Care Act.”

Florida CHAIN is a statewide consumer health advocacy organization dedicated to improving the health of all Floridians.