National Association of Health Underwriters releases statement on Supreme Court’s ACA decision

(Washington, D.C. – Insurance News and Markets) -In its decision in the case of King versus Burwell, which focused on the subsidies offered through the Affordable Care Act, the U.S. Supreme Court ultimately decided that the IRS could still offer subsidies individuals in states that don’t have state-run healthcare exchanges.

Janet Trautwein, CEO of the National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU) issued a statement on June 22.

“Since the continuity of subsidies in all exchanges is no longer in question, it is our hope that legislation to make health reform more workable for both individual and business consumers of health insurance will now be able to gain traction and move forward in Congress,” Trautwein said. “Our hope is that policymakers will now be able to focus on legislative efforts to truly reduce the cost of health care, something that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) did not.”

She also called for lawmakers to improve upon the parts of the healthcare system that do work well, like the employer-based system that has delivered health coverage for many years.
“Every day, health insurance agents and brokers work to obtain insurance for clients who are struggling to balance their desire to purchase high-quality and comprehensive health coverage with the reality of rapidly escalating health premium costs. As such, one of our primary goals as an association of benefit specialists is to do everything we can to promote affordable access to health insurance coverage,” she said. “We look forward to our continued work with members of Congress and the Administration on implementing these critical improvements to our nation’s health care system.”

Source: National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU).