Pennsylvania submits an application to set up a State-based Marketplace
The Obama administration, the Republican party and especially the millions of Americans that could lose their federal health care subsidies are all waiting for the Supreme Court verdict on King v. Burwell — the lawsuit claiming that people from those states that don’t have a state-based health insurance marketplace shouldn’t be eligible for federal health care subsidies.
If the Supreme Court agrees, millions of people in 37 states will lose their subsidies and their health care coverage — 382,000 of them in Pennsylvania alone.
In view of that, Governor Tom Wolf has announced that the Pennsylvania Department of Insurance submitted an application to the federal government on June 1 to set up a State-based Marketplace.
“I am continuing to take steps, as part of my contingency plan, in order to protect 382,000 Pennsylvanians from potentially losing subsidies that help them afford health care coverage,” said Wolf. “My administration submitted an application to set up a State-Based Marketplace to ensure Pennsylvanians do not lose coverage in the event of an adverse Supreme Court decision.
“I am committed to protecting hardworking Pennsylvanians from losing the assistance they rely on to purchase health care coverage,” Wolf added. “These actions do not mean that Pennsylvania must set up a state-based marketplace. However, the responsible thing to do is set up a plan to protect hundreds of thousands of people and I look forward to working with members of the legislature to advance this plan if necessary.”
The Supreme Court decision is anticipated at the end of June.