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Supreme Court rejects attempt to dismantle Affordable Care Act

NEA President: Americans can ‘breathe a little easier’ knowing health insurance is secure

WASHINGTON - June 25, 2015 -

The Supreme Court of the United States today issued a 6-3 decision in King v. Burwell, approving one of the Affordable Care Act’s most significant innovations—premium tax credits that have already helped more than 6 million people obtain quality, affordable health insurance in the 34 states with federally facilitated insurance exchanges. These tax credits help low- and moderate-income individuals and families with household incomes of 100-400 percent of the federal poverty line buy health insurance.

Echoing arguments made in NEA’s amicus brief, the Supreme Court ruled that the overall context and structure of the Affordable Care Act demonstrate that Congress intended financial assistance to be available to residents of all states, regardless of how states’ exchanges are managed.

The following statement can be attributed to NEA President Lily Eskelsen García:

“Today’s decision by the Supreme Court in King v. Burwell will let millions of Americans breathe a little easier knowing that their health insurance is secure and will remain affordable. The subsidies provided by the Affordable Care Act help increase school children’s access to quality health insurance and medical care.”

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