WASHINGTON– The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday, June 25, 2015, held back a challenge to the Affordable Care Act’s tax credits, which American Indians and Alaska Natives are eligible to receive. The vote was 6-3.
The ruling upheld a key provision of the Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as Obamacare, which allows for subsidies to be available all Americans living in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The challenge was to exclude those living in states that had not set up their own health insurance exchanges. The ruling allows for the subsidies to include those who rely on the federal exhange.
“Today’s Supreme Court decision confirms that the Affordable Care Act’s tax credits are available to all eligible Americans no matter where they live. Americans in all 50 states and the District of Columbia can continue to rely on the security and peace of mind that come with affordable, quality health care coverage,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell in a release after the ruling was announced.
“Over six million Americans and their families will sleep easier knowing they will still be able to afford health coverage. Millions more won’t have to worry about an upward spiral in their premiums because of today’s decision, even if they didn’t buy their insurance through the Marketplace. And the law’s financial assistance will be available in the next open enrollment so that others can benefit as well,” Secretary Burwell continued.
Thursday’s ruling is the second time that the US Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act.