Thursday, July 24, 2014

Pennsylvania Health Access Network’s Statement on Halbig v. Burwell

Harrisburg, PA -- Antoinette Kraus, Director of the Pennsylvania Health Access Network issued the following statement on today's ruling in Halbig v. Burwell:

“Today’s decision in Halbig v. Burwell has no immediate impact on the ability of Pennsylvanians to use premium tax credits to lower the cost of their health insurance plans purchased through the Marketplace.

We are confident that when the D.C. Court of Appeals reviews this case en banc they will recognize, as multiple other courts have ruled, inlcuding the 4th Circuit Court in Virgnia today that the intent of  the law was that all Marketplace enrollees receive income-based financial assistance. We are optimistic that on appeal the rulling will uphold the right of all Americans to access tax credits no matter where they live.

The Affordable Care Act's premium tax credits have helped hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians afford quality, comprehensive health care -- many for the first time in years. In fact, 81% of the 318,077 Pennsylvanians who purchased coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace during the first open enrollment period used the law's tax credits to lower their monthly premiums.

Opponents of the law refuse to accept the reality that the Affordable Care Act is working for millions of Americans -- thanks in part to the tax credits that will still be available to them despite this one ruling. The Pennsylvania Health Access Network will continue to educate Pennsylvanians about the new choices, protections and financial assistance the law brings as we approach the second open enrollment period.”

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