AARP applauds the U.S. Supreme Court’s King v. Burwell decision today that allows individuals who purchased health insurance through the federal exchange to continue receiving subsidies to help pay premiums. The Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) goals of improving affordability and removing barriers to access for health insurance have been critical in reducing the number of uninsured Americans. Importantly, for older Americans, we have seen a 31 percent drop in the uninsured rate for those ages 50-64.
The ACA has benefited millions of Americans and our economy by prohibiting insurance companies from denying coverage due to a preexisting health condition, by closing the Medicare Part D “doughnut hole,” by limiting how much more insurers can charge older Americans, and by allowing adult children to stay on their parents’ health plan until age 26.
AARP will continue working with members of Congress on both sides of the aisle to strengthen and improve the ACA and with state officials to implement the law’s provisions so that Americans of all ages have access to affordable health care.
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