Supreme Court votes to uphold health insurance subsidies

The Supreme Court has voted to uphold nationwide subsidies as part of the Affordable Care Act, protecting health insurance coverage for millions of Americans. The Court had been ruling over a lawsuit against the Act that questioned the legality of nationwide subsidies (WaPo, 6/25):

The court was interpreting a passage in the law that said the tax credits are authorized for those who buy health insurance on marketplaces that are “established by the state.”

“Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them. If at all possible we must interpret the Act in a way that is consistent with the former, and avoids the latter,” Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. wrote.


There are about 10.2 million people who had signed up and paid their premiums as of March, and 6.4 million were receiving subsidies in the 34 states that had not set up their own health insurance marketplaces.

Those consumers stood to lose their subsidies, worth about $1.7 billion a month.

Customers in the 16 states, including Maryland, and the District of Columbia that set up their own insurance exchanges were not at risk.

In Virginia, where subsidies were at risk, Governor Terry McAuliffe and other leaders in the state reacted to the news here. (Richmond Times, 6/25)

– The Kresge Foundation has released a new report, Reconnecting Health and Housing: Philanthropy’s New Opportunity, suggesting that philanthropy rethink approaches to low-income housing to re-establish the link between housing and community health for low-income, urban populations. (Kresge Foundation, 6/18)

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HOUSING | How Housing Policy is Failing America’s Poor (City Lab, 6/24)

TRANSPORTATION | Maryland Governor Larry Hogan is expected to announce a decision on the Purple Line light-rail later today.

ENVIRONMENT | By now, we all know how important it is to recycle. So why is it so hard to do it the right way? (City Lab, 6/24)

Here’s a double-dose of adorable for the day.

– Ciara