Supreme Court Affirms Access to Affordable Health Coverage in King vs. Burwell

Supreme Court Affirms Access to Affordable Health CoverageToday, the Supreme Court announced its ruling in favor of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in King vs. Burwell. The 6-3 decision upholds the legality of insurance subsidies for consumers in the 34 states that did not set up their own health insurance marketplaces, and instead operate within the federal exchange. An estimated 87% of individuals enrolled in the federal exchange are receiving subsidies. In upholding the law, the Court has ensured access to affordable health coverage for 6 million low to moderate income Americans, including approximately 730,000 children.

Parent and family coverage is critical to children’s health. Children are more likely to have insurance and access care if their parents have insurance, and affordable health coverage provides financial security for the whole family. Ensuring that students have access to health care when they need it is one of the highest priorities for school-based health centers (SBHCs). By providing health insurance coverage for more children and adolescents, the ACA helps support SBHC efforts to become more financially sustainable, furthering their mission to redefine health care for kids and teens.

Read more information on the historic decision on The Washington Post.

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