Court upholds health care subsidies in states with federal exchanges

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Writing that “Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them,” a 6-3 majority of the Supreme Court June 25 upheld tax subsidies for participants in health care exchanges run by the federal government in states that refused to create them. In the majority opinion, Chief…

Obama in CHA address thanks organization for supporting health care law

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Telling the Catholic Health Association that he was there to say thank you, President Barack Obama June 9 recalled the struggles of passing the Affordable Care Act and ticked off the successes since it became law five years ago. “Every one of these stories touched me,” Obama said of those without affordable…

‘Death spiral’ for insurance system weighed in Supreme Court case

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Several Supreme Court justices wondered aloud at oral arguments March 4 whether a ruling against the Affordable Care Act’s subsidies to millions of lower income Americans would lead to a “death spiral” for the health insurance program. “We’re going to have the death spiral that this system was created to avoid,” said…

Lawsuits on health care law’s mandate, subsidies wind through courts

LEVITTOWN, Pa. (CNS) — Despite the positive experiences many have had with the Affordable Care Act, it has not been without controversy. Most directly affecting Catholic institutions is the requirement that all employee health insurance policies cover contraceptives, sterilization and abortion-causing drugs, even if employers morally oppose such coverage. Lori Windham, senior counsel at the…

Millions of those previously uninsured now have some kind of coverage

LEVITTOWN, Pa. (CNS) — The figures vary slightly from one study to another, but it’s clear that millions of Americans who had no health insurance in 2013 now have at least some coverage. With the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or ACA, the percentage of uninsured non-elderly adults — age 18…

Religious rights law being tested in ways not foreseen

The Supreme Court Nov. 26 will consider whether to accept one or more of four cases it’s being asked to review that deal with faith-based objections to provisions of the Affordable Care Act. Part of what’s at stake is a couple of centuries’ worth of history for the Free Exercise clause of the First Amendment,…

Will you have to pay for abortions in your health plan?

It’s enough to confuse anyone. Some supporters of the new health care law known as the Affordable Care Act say it will not spend taxpayer funds on abortion coverage. Yet we’re hearing that Americans purchasing a health plan on the exchanges now being set up in most states must pay a monthly surcharge for elective…