The United States Supreme Court has upheld subsidies for federal health care exchanges, such as the system in Nebraska.
The court, in a 6-3 decision, rejected a claim that the subsidies provided by the Affordable Care Act are limited to state exchanges.
James Goddard with Nebraska Appleseed applauds the ruling.
“It’s a huge victory for almost 57,000 Nebraskans,” Goddard tells Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN. “This insures they’ll continue to be able to access health insurance. So, it’s great news for them. It’s great news for our state.”
The decision in King v. Burwell affects 34 states with health exchanges run by the federal government, including Nebraska where 57,000 receive subsidies to offset the cost of health insurance.
Goddard says now the debate in Nebraska should shift to another issue.
“And the next step should really be to expand Medicaid in Nebraska and insure everyone is able to get health coverage, because we still have nearly 77,000 folks who are locked out of our health insurance systems,” Goddard says.
The U.S. Supreme Court in an earlier decision, ruled the federal government cannot force states to expand Medicaid under the federal health insurance law. Supporters of expanding Medicaid in Nebraska have been unable to overcome opposition in the Unicameral.
Jane Monnich, KLIN, contributed to this report.