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Employers: Adapt to Obergefell

Employers must adapt to Obergefell v. Hodges. Prior to the Supreme Court’s June 26, 2015 decision, many states did not require employers to recognize and provide benefits for married same-sex couples. Only 36 states and Washington D.C. legalized same-sex marriage. Now, the Supreme Court determined that the 14th Amendment requires states to license same-sex marriages and to recognize lawfully licensed same-sex marriages performed out-of-state. In light of this holding, employers must ensure that their policies, procedures and the benefits comport with federal law.

US Supreme Court Upholds IRS Interpretation of ACA Subsidy Structure

In King v. Burwell, the U.S. Supreme Court held that federal tax credits created by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are available to individuals who purchase health insurance coverage from a federal or state established Health Insurance Exchange (“Exchange”).

Supreme Court Upholds Affordable Care Act Subsidies for Coverage Purchased on Federally Facilitated State Health Care Exchanges

King v. Burwell challenges the implementation of federal insurance marketplaces under the Affordable Care Act.

U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Affordable Care Act Subsidies

Today, in King v. Burwell, the United States Supreme Court held that subsidies for coverage under all marketplace health exchanges pursuant to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the “ACA”) remain available.

What the Supreme Court’s Decision on Affordable Care Act Subsidies Means for Employers

The Internal Revenue Service was authorized to issue regulations extending health insurance subsidies to coverage purchased through health insurance exchanges run by the federal government or a state, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in a 6-3 decision. King v. Burwell, No. 14-114 (June 25, 2015).

King v. Burwell: The Supreme Court Rules in Favor of the Administration and the Affordable Care Act Survives

The U.S. Supreme Court has once again ruled in favor of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). At issue in King. v. Burwell was whether the landmark legislation allows federal subsidies to be given to low-income consumers residing in the 34 states that did not set up their own health insurance Exchange. In a 6-3 decision, the Court answered in the affirmative, preserving subsidies for millions of Americans who purchased their health insurance through a Federal Exchange. Affirming the decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, the Supreme Court opined that the tax credits are, indeed, available to individuals in states that use a Federal Exchange. The majority decision was written by Chief Justice Roberts, and joined by Justices Kennedy, Ginsberg, Breyer, Sotomayor, and Kagan, while Justices Scalia, Thomas and Alito dissented.

Impact on Employers After Supreme Court's Ruling to Uphold Key Provision of Affordable Care Act

In a 6-3 decision issued today, the United States Supreme Court once again upheld President Obama’s signature legislation, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, keeping the employer mandate in effect for all states — even those without their own health insurance exchange.

Affordable Care Act is a go, says Supreme Court

I haven’t had a chance to analyze yesterday’s Supreme Court decision in King v. Burwell, so meanwhile here is a link to a “plain English” summary of the decision, and here is a link to the decision. Both from the outstanding SCOTUSblog.

Supreme Court Once Again Saves the ACA: Rules Yes on Tax Credits For Purchasers From a Federal Exchange

On June 25, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that tax credits are available to individuals in states that have a federal Exchange under Section 1321 of the Affordable Care Act (the Act or the ACA). In a 6-to-3 ruling, the majority opinion declined to treat the issue as merely a matter of deference to the Internal Revenue Service’s interpretation of the Act.

Supreme Court Upholds ACA Federal Subsidies

The Supreme Court upheld federal subsidies under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in King v. Burwell. By a margin of 6-3, the Court upheld a 4th Circuit Court of Appeals decision that allowed individuals residing in states with no state-run exchanges to receive tax credits through a federal exchange. Chief Justice Roberts authored the majority opinion, explaining in plain terms how the law works and the central role that the subsidies play in keeping "Affordable" in the ACA.