On March 4, The American Journal of Managed Care will be live-reporting the news from the Supreme Court oral arguments in the case of King v. Burwell. In the meantime, here is a recap of the news leading up to the lawsuit's day in court.
On Wednesday, March 4, the Supreme Court of the United States will be hearing the case of King v. Burwell, and the decision—expected sometime in June—could have catastrophic effects on the current state of healthcare in the United States.
The American Journal of Managed Care will be live-reporting updates from oral arguments, which begin at 10 am on Wednesday. You can keep up with the news as it happens by following @AJMC_Journal or by checking back at ajmc.com.
Before oral arguments kick off, though, catch up on what has happened in the months leading up to the case.
Initially, the Supreme Court passed on hearing the King v. Burwell case, but later decided to add the appeal to the docket.
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On the heels of a major Republican victory in the midterm elections, the Supreme Court has decided to review the latest challenge to the Affordable Care Act.
The most important case since the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act will determine the law's ability to function in states without their own exchanges.
A large majority of people who selected health insurance plans through HealthCare.gov during the first month of open enrollment for 2015 will receive financial assistance for their monthly premiums, according to HHS.
If the Supreme Court invalidates Affordable Care Act subsidies for consumers on the federal exchange, states without their own Marketplaces will be unlikely to stave off "immediate destabilization" of their insurance market, according to experts.
Studies from RAND and the Urban Institute estimate that eliminating subsidies for the federally facilitated Marketplaces would increase premiums between 35% and 47% and cause at least 8.2 million people to drop coverage.
The US Supreme Court declined to take up another broad challenge to President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law, this time from the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons and the Alliance for Natural Health USA.
With a significant increase in their numbers on Capitol Hill, Republicans theoretically have more power to undo President Obama’s healthcare overhaul, but they also have more responsibility for the results.
A new report finds that if the Supreme Court strikes down the federal subsidies that help people buy insurance on HealthCare.gov, there will be $12 billion worth of healthcare that is not paid for in 2016.
With the March 4 Supreme Court hearing on King v. Burwell looming, big business is stepping up to defend the healthcare reform law.
Governors in states without their own exchanges admit they have no fallback option if the Supreme Court takes away subsidies from an estimated 8 million consumers.
A lengthy report published by the Kaiser Family Foundation predicts widespread market disruption if ACA premium subsidies are lost under King vs. Burwell. Adverse selection, insurers exiting markets, and higher rates are just some of the possibilities.
On March 4 the Supreme Court will hear arguments in the case of King v. Burwell, which determines the fate of subsidies in the 34 federally facilitated marketplaces, and David Blumenthal, MD, chief executive officer of The Commonwealth Fund, outlined the potentially catastrophic effects if the Court were to side with the plaintiffs.