Missourians’ health insurance subsidies hang in balance of Supreme Court case

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Health insurance subsidies for many Missourians are on the line this week as the U.S. Supreme Court hears a legal challenge to the federal health care law.

The case centers around whether residents of Missouri, and about 30 other states, qualify for federal assistance to help with the cost of insurance. If the court finds they don’t qualify, about 500,000 people in the state would lose financial assistance — and probably their health coverage.

Specifically, the Affordable Care Act says insurance subsidies are available to people who buy coverage through an online marketplace “established by the state.” Since Missouri and dozens of other states decided not to create their own marketplaces and opted to rely on the federal website instead, ACA opponents contend that consumers in those states aren’t eligible for the subsidies.

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