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Monday, January 12, 2015

Ind. Gov't. - Ind. Gov. & AG urge SCOTUS to terminate Hoosiers health insurance subsidies

Dan Carden of the NWI Times reported Sunday in a story that begins:

INDIANAPOLIS | Gov. Mike Pence and Attorney General Greg Zoeller are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to effectively cancel the private health insurance policies of more than 100,000 Hoosiers by the end of June.

The Republicans recently submitted a friend-of-the-court brief to the nine justices supporting a lawsuit that seeks to deny federal subsidies provided by the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, to individuals purchasing health insurance in states, like Indiana, that have not established a state-run insurance marketplace.

In the filing, written by Indiana Solicitor General Thomas Fisher, a Jasper County native, the state argues any plain text reading of the 2010 health law clearly requires state creation of an insurance marketplace as a condition of that state's citizens receiving federal subsidies to purchase health insurance policies through the marketplace.

Pence ruled out Indiana establishing a state health marketplace, also known as an exchange, in one of his first pronouncements after winning election in November 2012.

The Republican-controlled General Assembly similarly has refused to create an Indiana insurance marketplace.

The governor has said he has no interest in reversing that action even though approximately 118,000 Hoosiers now receiving health insurance subsidies, worth on average $4,000 each, will lose that money — and likely their health insurance — and may even have to pay back past subsidies, if Pence's argument prevails at the Supreme Court.

The story includes links to the Indiana amicus brief plus:
A separate Indiana lawsuit challenging the subsidies and employer mandate, filed in October 2013 by Zoeller of behalf of the state and 39 school corporations, including East Porter County School Corp., is on hold until the Supreme Court rules in King v. Burwell.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on January 12, 2015 09:31 AM
Posted to Indiana Government