“These contradictory rulings could jeopardize Floridians who rely on government subsidies to pay for their healthcare,” said Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance. “If the subsidies are ruled illegal, many Florida residents will be forced to drop health insurance altogether because of the cost.”
The Washington, DC Circuit Court of Appeals ruled to only allow subsides to go to the states that had set up their own healthcare exchanges, ruling federal subsidies are illegal. Florida is among one of the 36 states where lawmakers opposed the health care overhaul and did not set up their own state exchange. The state decided to rely on the federal government to operate the health insurance exchange and its subsidies. The Obama administration is expected to appeal the ruling.
Later in the day, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Virginia upheld the current law in support of government subsidies for health insurance exchanges in every state. The contradictory ruling could be creating a path for the U.S. Supreme Court to hear arguments and make a decision.
91 percent of Floridians who signed up for health insurance through the online exchange receive financial assistance through subsidies in the form of tax credits. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, the healthcare premium in Florida was $347 before the subsidies were offered and dropped to $68 with federal subsidies. Many Floridians, who signed up for health care under the ACA, could not afford health coverage without the subsidies.
There is further concern the DC ruling could cause employers to become less likely to cover employees because employers face penalties when an employee uses a tax credit to buy insurance on the federal online health exchange.
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