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DAILY JOURNAL editorial says many could lose coverage in MS with ACA ruling

By: Magnolia Tribune - July 23, 2014

DAILY JOURNAL: OUR OPINION: Many could lose health coverage in Mississippi

More than 63,000 Mississippi health insurance clients of the federal Affordable Care Act could be hit with premiums as much as 95 percent higher if the Tuesday ruling of a three-member panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia is upheld in full on an apparently certain appeal.

The District of Columbia court’s ruling that would cut off federal subsidy of health insurance coverage for about 4.5 million people, however, was countered with a conflicting judgment released only hours later by the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia.

The appeals courts’ judges disagree on whether the government could subsidize health insurance premiums for people in three dozen states using the federal insurance exchange rather than state exchanges…..

…It’s even more important for elected leaders to consider the well-being of their states’ residents who have signed up legally for ACA coverage but face potentially losing it because of unaffordability.

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