Those who hurt in health care in Illinois are breathing a sigh of relief after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld federal subsidies under the Affordable Care Act.
Since Illinois doesn't have its own state-run exchange, those shopping on the federal insurance marketplace wouldn't have been able to receive tax credits to help pay for the cost of their coverage. Illinois Hospital Association President Maryjane Wurth says the effect would have been significant.
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"230,000 individuals throughout Illinois would potentially lose their access to health insurance because they would not be able to afford it without having those subsidies," Wurth said.
Those subsidies to Illinois customers are worth up to $600 million annually, according to Wurth.
Even for those who don't need or qualify for the tax credits, Wurth says the ruling still helps them because the effects of losing the subsidies may have driven up health insurance premiums for all customers in the state.