Maine: Committee Passes Bill to Maintain Insurance Premium Subsidies Regardless of King v. Burwell Outcome
The Maine Joint Standing Committee on Insurance and Financial Services unanimously voted in favor of a bill that would protect the health insurance premium subsidies provided under the ACA, regardless of the outcome of King v. Burwell, the Supreme Court case that could potentially ban subsidies for consumers enrolled in insurance through the Federally-facilitated Marketplace. The bill would create a supported State-based Marketplace, in which Maine would run its Marketplace but utilize federal eligibility and enrollment services. According to the Portland Press Herald, the bill is likely to pass through the legislature, but it is unclear if Governor Paul LePage (R) will sign the bill into law.
New Study Reveals High Stakes for Non-Expansion States in King v. Burwell
The twenty states that have chosen both to rely on the Federally-facilitated Marketplace and not to expand Medicaid are at risk of losing net $721 billion of federal spending between 2016 and 2025 if the Supreme Court finds in favor of the plaintiffs in King v. Burwell, according to a new report by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Urban Institute. The report estimates that states that have elected not to expand Medicaid are already losing $483 billion in federal spending over the next ten years. If King v. Burwell is found for the plaintiffs and these states do not establish a state-based Marketplace, the residents of those states are at risk of losing an additional $238 billion in financial assistance during that same timeframe. This sceniario would also result in an estimated 9.8 million additional uninsured individuals in 2016.