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King v. Burwell

Victory

Overview

Victory! On June 25, 2015 the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling upholding subsidies under federal exchanges. Read more

GLAD signed on to an amicus brief, principally authored by Lambda Legal, submitted in support of the respondents in King v. Burwell, heard by the United States Supreme Court in 2015 challenging the IRS regulation that makes federal tax subsidies for health insurance available to low-income individuals in all 50 states through the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

The brief argued that interpreting the ACA in the manner proposed by the petitioners would lead to a catastrophic public health result, especially in the context of HIV:

“It is well-known that access to healthcare dramatically improves the lives of individuals living with HIV. But widespread access to insurance can also lead to a precipitous decline in new infections, especially in marginalized communities. To deny these opportunities to communities most affected by the HIV epidemic would not only flout Congressional intent, but also inflict grievous and unjustifiable injury on vulnerable communities of color, which are heavily overrepresented in many states that have been resistant to implementation of the ACA.”

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