King v. Burwell: What's at Stake?
The Supreme Court heard oral arguments this morning in the case of King v. Burwell, to determine the validity of insurance tax credits that help millions of low- and middle-income Americans afford coverage. At issue is the question of whether individuals in the 34 states that opted not to build their own exchanges are eligible to receive subsidies. The Court's ruling on the case isn't expected to be announced until the end of its term in June, but we'll be watching closely and joining other advocates of the Affordable Care Act in anticipating the impact the Court's ruling could have on the entire insurance system. If the Court rules in favor of King, coverage would likely become unaffordable for many and may drive healthy individuals out of the marketplace, resulting in sky-rocketing premiums.
Passage of the Affordable Care Act was momentous for children with cancer and the nation's 380,000 childhood cancer survivors. Insurance coverage for survivors' follow-up care varies widely. The loss of supplementary assistance may be a further disincentive for young survivors to seek medical care. We will continue to advocate for high-quality, affordable coverage for every family and survivor impacted by childhood cancer in this country.
Families USA helps explain the importance of the King v. Burwell case in this 1 minute, 50 second video, and they encourage you to join the conversation on social media with the hashtag #DontTakeMyCare --