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Michigan hospitals await key court ruling on Affordable Care Act law

Steve Carmody
Michigan Radio

Michigan hospitals may pay a price if the U.S. Supreme Court strikes down a key provision of the Affordable Care Act.

King v. Burwellis one of the final seven cases before the high court this term.   

The case involves a challenge to a specific portion of the federal health care insurance law dealing with federal subsidies. 

The plaintiffs claim the law only authorizes federal subsidies to help people pay for insurance through state marketplaces.

Michigan is one of 34 states operating under federal insurance marketplaces.

More than 200,000 Michiganders get subsidies to pay for their Obamacare policies. Without the subsidy, many would not be able to afford their health care insurance. Nationwide, the U.S. Supreme Court decision could affect 7 million people.

“If we don’t keep people covered, then all hospitals have to make tough decisions about how to balance uncompensated care with the number of services they offer,” says Laura Appel, with the Michigan Health and Hospital Association. 

Appel hopes state lawmakers will step in if the Supreme Court rules against the Obama administration. 

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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