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US District Judge quells challenge against the ACA

U.S. District Court Judge Paul Friedman ruled on Jan. 15 in favor of the federal subsidies contained in the Affordable Care Act as approved by Congress, Reuters reported. A number of individuals and business owners from several states, including Kansas, Missouri and Virginia, brought the suit against U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

At issue, according to the claimants, was that the language contained in the ACA – approved in 2010 – only allowed individuals who signed up through state-run healthcare insurance exchanges to take advantage of federal subsidies. As a result, exchanges that were established by the federal government should be excluded from the ACA’s ruling. However, Judge Friedman didn’t support this idea.

“There is evidence throughout the statute of Congress’s desire to ensure broad access to affordable health coverage,” indicated the judge.

According to the ACA, individuals without insurance or with insufficient coverage would be offered subsidized coverage, or plans that are more affordable. Out of 50 states, only 14 chose to create their own website, which resulted in the majority of enrollees signing up through the federal site.

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Erin Woulfe
Erin Woulfe
Erin Woulfe likes to write about things that matter. Keeping her finger on the pulse of what’s happening in the public sector world, she blogs about the latest legislative news and employee benefit trends that affect our school, city and county clients. She’s been with NIS since 2002. “I love connecting to our clients and providing them with the tools they need in order to administrate their plan,” says Erin. “Whether that be materials to educate their employees on certain benefits, how to effectively communicate change within an organization or just providing tips and how-to’s to help them make their job easier.”

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