Commentary & Opinion

Supreme Court Ruling on Healthcare Subsidies Favors Burwell

Mass AHU: The role of the advisor has never been more critical

(Boston MA)— David A. Shore, president of the Massachusetts Association of Health Underwriters (MassAHU) issued the following statement today:

“The Supreme Court’s decision of King vs Burwell ends the debate around the demise of the ACA for now. With advance premium tax credits upheld as available in all states, the role of the broker has never been more critical. Employers that have not fully engaged in ACA compliance strategies will very quickly need to do so, leveraging the broker as a trusted resource”.

In releasing its opinion in the King v Burwell case concerning a provision in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), the Supreme Court ruled that subsidies will continue to be available in all states, not just those with state-based exchanges.

Time to focus on legislation to help reduce healthcare costs

Following this ruling in favor of the Administration to allow for premium subsidies to be distributed through both federally facilitated and state-based exchanges, the implementation of PPACA will continue and its insurance-reform provisions will remain in effect.

policymakers will now be able to focus on legislative efforts to truly reduce the cost of health care, something that the PPACA did not

A full analysis of the Supreme Court opinion will be released later this afternoon in a special edition of the National Association of Health Underwriters’ Washington Update. Our hope is that policymakers will now be able to focus on legislative efforts to truly reduce the cost of health care, something that the PPACA did not. It’s also critical that lawmakers improve upon the portions of our health care system that work well.

The employer-based system has reliably and effectively delivered quality health coverage to generations of Americans. And we as a nation need to work to preserve it. As such, one of our primary goals as an association of benefit professionals is to do everything we can to promote affordable access to health insurance coverage.

 

 

The Massachusetts Association of Health Underwriters (MassAHU) is a professional trade organization whose membership consists of health insurance professionals, brokers, and consultants. MassAHU is a state chapter of The National Association of Health Underwriters which represents more than 100,000 professional health insurance agents and brokers who provide insurance for millions of Americans. For more information, please call Kate Bardsley at [email protected]