May 19, 2017

CT takes legal action to protect ACA subsidies

Connecticut took steps Thursday to protect health insurance subsidies enabled under the Affordable Care Act by intervening in a pending lawsuit that seeks to eliminate them, Attorney General George Jepsen said.

The lawsuit, House v. Price, would eliminate funding for cost-sharing subsidies for low-income people who purchase insurance through the state's health insurance exchange, Access Health CT. Jepsen says the threat to end this funding could destabilize the healthcare market and increase premiums by as much as 21 percent.

Fourteen other states and the District of Columbia are now party to the lawsuit.

"The uncertainty of this case has already had detrimental effects on the healthcare market," Jepsen said.

For the 2017 plan year, more than 47 percent of Connecticut's exchange members are enrolled in plans that offer subsidies, according to Access Health CT.

In addition to Connecticut, and led by the attorneys general from California and New York, the intervening AGs include Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Vermont and Washington, along with the District of Columbia.

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