REACH CEO Calls Court Ruling Win for Kansas, Missouri Consumers

June 25, 2015  |  Press Releases & Announcements

News Release

MERRIAM, KANSAS – The US Supreme Court today announced its finding in the King v. Burwell case, ruling to allow consumer tax credits and subsidies on health insurance coverage plans purchased through federally facilitated exchanges such as are operated in Kansas and Missouri. In a 6 to 3 vote, the justices said eligible consumers qualify for a subsidy regardless of whether they purchase coverage through federal or state health insurance exchanges. REACH Foundation President and CEO Brenda Sharpe called the Supreme Court’s ruling “an important win for thousands of Kansas and Missouri residents.”

Sharpe issued the following statement:

“The United States Supreme Court’s ruling means that 70,000 residents in the Kansas City metropolitan area who qualified for tax credits to purchase health coverage will continue to receive that financial assistance, enabling them to maintain coverage for themselves and their families. These federal subsidies have helped thousands of Kansas and Missouri residents obtain health insurance – many for the first time. Having insurance opens the door to affordable, dependable health care, which benefits hardworking people and their families, and contributes to community health overall.”

According to data published by the US Department of Health and Human Services, nearly 320,000 Kansas and Missouri residents enrolled through healthcare.gov during the latest enrollment period – nearly 270,000 of them qualified for financial assistance based on their income.

Local assistance: Individuals interested in learning more about marketplace health plan options can obtain free information and in-person assistance by visiting Cover KC at www.coverkc.org.

About Health Insurance Subsidies: This Issue Brief from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation provides an overview of the financial assistance provided under the Affordable Care Act. Read the brief.