Month: June 2015

Missouri Health Care for All Cheers decision in King v. Burwell: Health care advocates to celebrate at “Decision Day” rallies statewide

King v Burwell Release 6-25-15 FINAL

PRESS RELEASE                                      

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 25, 2015

 

CONTACT:

Jen Bersdale, Missouri Health Care for All

(314) 651-6568 cell; jen@mohealthcareforall.org

 

Missouri Health Care for All Cheers decision in King v. Burwell

Health care advocates to celebrate at “Decision Day” rallies statewide

 

Grassroots supporters of health care access are greeting the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in King v. Burwell with gratitude and relief today.

 

The Court has ruled in King v. Burwell that the premium discounts Missourians are receiving through the Health Insurance Marketplace are legal and will continue to be available to Missouri consumers.

 

At issue in the case was the question of whether consumers in states with federally-facilitated Health Insurance Marketplaces, including Missouri, can qualify for the health insurance discounts provided through the Affordable Care Act. Today, the Court ruled, 6 to 3, that the discounts can continue in all 50 states.

 

The Court’s decision will have a significant impact on access to affordable health insurance in Missouri. About 220,000 Missourians are now enrolled in Marketplace plans and 90%, 198,000 people, are receiving discounts. Thanks to the Court’s decision, these consumers can rest easy, knowing that their discounts are safe and they can continue to count on their affordable health insurance.

 

Jen Bersdale, Executive Director of Missouri Health Care for All, says, “The health insurance discounts available to consumers with qualifying incomes have finally made health insurance affordable for millions of Americans who had gone without coverage for years. Today, the Court did the right thing by upholding these discounts for the families who have come to rely on them. We encourage Missourians who have not yet visited the Health Insurance Marketplace for affordable health insurance to do so when Open Enrollment begins again this fall.”

 

Crystal Brigman Mahaney, Deputy Director of Missouri Health Care for All, hopes that the Court’s decision in King v. Burwell will put to rest the tactic of partisan lawsuits challenging the Affordable Care Act. “From the moment the Affordable Care Act was signed into law, opponents of expanding health care access have used frivolous, partisan lawsuits to try to keep Americans from accessing the law’s benefits. With five years since the passage of the law, and yet another Court ruling upholding it, we hope we have seen an end to this cynical tactic.”

 

Grassroots supporters of access to health care will gather around the state this evening to celebrate the Court’s decision and to recommit to efforts to cover those who remain uninsured, beginning with Medicaid Expansion.

 

What:           Rallies and Press Conferences in response to King v. Burwell decision

When:          TODAY, June 25, 5:30 pm

Where:         Locations across the state:

  • Columbia: Central Missouri Community Action, 807 N. Providence Road, Columbia, MO 65203 (West side of Providence Road)
  • Festus: Disability Resource Association, 130 Brandon Wallace Way, Festus, MO 63028
  • Joplin: Joplin Community Clinic, 701 S Joplin Ave, Joplin, MO 64801
  • Kansas City: Amethyst Place, 2732 Troost Ave # A, Kansas City, MO 64109
  • Springfield: First Unitarian Universalist Church, 2434 E Battlefield, Springfield, MO 65804
  • St. Louis: Central Reform Congregation, 5020 Waterman Ave., St. Louis, MO 63108
  • St. Joseph: Please contact Jen Bersdale, 314-651-6568, for information
  • West Plains: Howell County Office Building, 35 Court Square, West Plains, MO 65775 (On the Square, the old Bank of America building)

Who:            Speakers will vary by location. Speakers will include representatives of Missouri Health Care for All, other advocacy organizations, health insurance enrollment counselors, impacted consumers, community activists and faith leaders.


Missouri Health Care for All staff and leaders are also available for phone and on-camera interviews.

 

For more information or interview opportunities, please contact Jen Bersdale, Executive Director, Missouri Health Care for All, at 314-651-6568 (cell) or jen@mohealthcareforall.org.

 

 

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King v Burwell: Decision Day Rallies

King v Burwell: Decision Day Rallies

King v Burwell will be decided in June. The day the decision is released, we will hold rallies at 5:30 PM. Join Missouri Health Care for All and our partners across the state for Decision Day Rallies.  Find events statewide or plan your own to stand for affordable health care!

 

In June 2015, the United States Supreme Court will announce its decision in King v Burwell, a case that challenges the availability of health insurance discounts in states like Missouri.  This decision is very important to continued access to affordable health care for Missourians. Read more about the case here & what it could mean for Missourians.

The day the Supreme Court announces its decision, join us for rallies across the state at 5:30 PM.

We will come together to understand the decision, hear how it affects the lives of Missourians, and the next steps for our movement.

What: Decision Day Rallies – Response to King v. Burwell Supreme Court decision on health insurance discounts

Time: 5:30 PM

Date: The day the Supreme Court decision in King v. Burwell is released

Locations:

  • Columbia: Central Missouri Community Action, 807 N. Providence Road, Columbia, MO 65203
    • West side of Providence Road
  • Festus: Disability Resource Association, 130 Brandon Wallace Way, Festus, MO 63028
  • Joplin: Joplin Community Clinic, 701 S Joplin Ave, Joplin, MO 64801
  • Kansas City: Amethyst Place, 2732 Troost Ave # A, Kansas City, MO 64109
  • Springfield: First Unitarian Universalist Church, 2434 E Battlefield, Springfield, MO 65804
  • St. Louis: Central Reform Congregation, 5020 Waterman Ave., St. Louis, MO 63108
  • West Plains: Howell County Office Building, 35 Court Square, West Plains, MO 65775
    • On the Square, the old Bank of America building

We don’t know the date of the Court’s decision, and we don’t know what their decision will be, but we do know one thing: Missouri Health Care for All will keep working until every Missourian has access to quality, affordable health care.

If you would like to volunteer with any of these Decision Day Rallies, or host your own in your community, contact us at mohealthcareforall@gmail.com. We will connect you with event leads and provide you with all the materials and guidance to make a true statewide impact.

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What you need to know about King v Burwell

King v Burwell

On Wednesday, March 4, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in King v. Burwell, a lawsuit that challenges the availability of health insurance discounts in states like Missouri. The outcome of this case will have a major impact on Missourians’ ability to access affordable health insurance.

Here is what you need to know about the case:

What is the case about?

Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), each state has a Health Insurance Marketplace where individuals, families and small groups can purchase private health insurance. In these Marketplaces, individuals and families making between 100-400% of the Federal Poverty Level (for example, $20,090 – 60,270 for a family of three) can qualify for subsidies, or discounts, to make insurance affordable at their income level.

Congress gave states a choice when it passed the ACA. States could choose to set up their own Marketplace or let the Federal government set it up for them. Missouri is one of 34 states using a Federally-run Marketplace. This case challenges whether the insurance discounts are available in states that are using a Federally-run Marketplace.

What is at stake?

If the Supreme Court rules that the subsidies are not available in states like Missouri, millions of Americans will lose the discounts that have finally made health insurance affordable for them.

As of mid-February, 2015, about 7.5 million Americans had signed up for discounted Marketplace insurance through Federally-run Marketplaces. In Missouri, more than 217,000 people have enrolled in discounted plans. Without the discounts, many of these Missourians will be unable to afford their premiums. A study by the RAND Corporation found that as many as 70% of those receiving discounts – nearly 152,000 Missourians – would lose their insurance if they lost their discounts.

In fact, the loss of discounts in 34 states could have a devastating effect on private insurance for everyone. Without the discounts, many healthy people would likely drop their insurance. As a result, the insurance pool would be made up of mostly people with health conditions, making insurance more expensive for everyone. The RAND Corporation estimates that everyone’s insurance rates could eventually rise 47 percent if the subsidies are no longer available.

Who could be affected by this Supreme Court case?

Click here to read Marketplace success stories, and to submit your story of gaining coverage through the Marketplace.

What if I currently have a discounted Marketplace plan?

For now, the discounts are safe. If you are receiving a discount on a Marketplace insurance plan, you should feel confident in using your plan.

When will the Supreme Court issue its ruling?

The Court will likely issue its in June 2015.

What do advocates think about the case?

Most health care advocates and legal scholars believe the law is clearly intended to makes discounts available in all 50 states, and the Supreme Court should leave the subsidies alone. At Missouri Health Care for All, we are very concerned that this partisan lawsuit could strip millions of people of their health insurance.

What happens after the Supreme Court rules?

However the Court rules, our work is not done. Missouri Health Care for All will continue working to protect against attacks on the Affordable Care Act, which has made a big difference for so many. We will continue working to pass Medicaid Expansion in Missouri. And we will continue to identify and act on other opportunities to advance our principles – that every Missourian deserves access to quality, affordable health care, no matter where they live or how much money they make.

King v Burwell Supreme Court

What can I do?

Missouri Health Care for All and our partners will host Decision Day Rallies across the state of Missouri. We will come together at 5:30 PM the day the decision is released. We will rally, explain the decision, begin to understand the impacts on real lives, and move forward.

Email us at mohealthcareforall@gmail.com to join a rally, follow us on Facebook and Twitterfor up-to-date information.

Where can I get more information?

Families USA and the Kaiser Family Foundation both have comprehensive, easy-to-understand information and links related to the case.

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