King v. Burwell is the most recent case attacking the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to head to the Supreme Court. And it’s putting seven million women at risk of losing their access to affordable health insurance.
Right now, millions of women are already enrolled in health insurance through the new health insurance Marketplaces in all fifty states. But, in 37 of those states, women are at risk of losing access to the financial help they need to purchase health insurance. That’s because opponents of the ACA are attacking the tax credits that women and their families rely on to buy health insurance. If the Supreme Court sides with opponents of the ACA, women in the 37 states that use a federally-facilitated Marketplace would no longer be eligible for financial help with their health insurance.
We crunched the numbers to estimate how many women this case could affect. Here’s what we found:
- Across the country, nine million women are eligible for tax credits but seven million – the vast majority – live in states with federally-facilitated marketplaces. Just living in New Jersey instead of New York could mean a woman loses the affordable health insurance she needs to stay healthy.
- Women of color have a lot to lose. Nearly half of eligible women in the 37 states are women of color.
- The biggest states have the most women at risk. Over two million of the women at risk of losing access to financial help live in Texas and Florida. As they say, everything is bigger in Texas – including the number of women at risk of losing access to the coverage they need.
When women lose access to the financial help they need to purchase coverage, they also lose access to many of the benefits the ACA created for women, including access to preventive services, guaranteed maternity coverage, and the financial security that comes with health insurance. With nearly seven million women at risk of losing access to these important benefits, that’s seven million reasons to be worried about the outcome of King v. Burwell.