(Washington, D.C.) In a major victory for women and families, the Supreme Court today handed down a decision that preserves the financial support that millions of people need to afford health insurance through the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In a 6 – 3 decision, the Court ruled in King v. Burwell that the law allows the federal government to provide tax credits to offset the cost of insurance purchased from the federally-facilitated health insurance Marketplaces—a core aspect of the ACA. The ruling affects nearly seven million women who are eligible for tax credits, including about 3.5 million women who currently receive them.
The following is a statement by Marcia D. Greenberger, Co-President of the National Women’s Law Center:
“The Supreme Court decision makes it indisputably clear that tax credits are available to those who qualify for them regardless of where they live. This decision means the Affordable Care Act will continue to help millions of women and their families afford health insurance and will help many more in the years to come. The law has made significant strides for women by prohibiting insurance practices that discriminate against women and requiring that women have coverage for critical services like mammograms, maternity care, and birth control. The bottom line is that the ACA has made a profound difference in millions of people’s lives, and the Supreme Court has ensured that this landmark law will continue to deliver more and better health care for even more women and their families in the future.”