• Federal Tax Subsidies Upheld in King v. Burwell Decision

    Washington, DC – In the closely-watched case of King v. Burwell, today the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that tax credits can be provided to individuals who purchase health insurance on a federally-operated exchange. The outcome of this case held enormous ramifications for the viability of the health care systems established by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010.

    “Today’s decision is significant for all Americans because the very existence of the system of health exchanges was at stake,” said Elisabeth MacNamara, president of the League of Women Voters of the U.S. “The tax credits that were at risk in this case are at the heart of the ACA and without them, the entire system could unravel.”

    “While this is a big victory for all Americans, it is a particularly important win for women,” MacNamara said. “Women have long battled relentless obstacles in obtaining comprehensive, affordable health coverage and, historically, women are substantially more likely to opt-out of health care because of the high costs.”

    The League joined an amicus brief in King v. Burwell that focused on the impact of the ACA on women's health, and how the tax subsidies are essential to women's health and critical to the ACA's continued viability. 

    “Recent data shows just how vital many of the ACA’s key provisions have been for women. Over nine million women are eligible for the credits. Ending ‘gender-rating’ and requiring health plans to cover maternity care and preventive services to women are two of the life-saving reforms in the ACA for women. In 2014, women made up the majority of enrollees in federally-facilitated exchanges using the tax credits to buy coverage,” MacNamara said.

    “The ACA has been a transformative law for our country,” concluded MacNamara. “It has helped bring us closer to where we should be: a nation that ensures access to affordable, quality health care for all. Today’s decision reinforces the bedrock of our nation’s health care system.”

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      Contact: Kelly Ceballos, 202-263-1331, kceballos@lwv.org.

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  • Leagues Take the Lead on the Affordable Care Act (ACA)

    In 1993, the League of Women Voters adopted a position calling for a basic level of quality health care at an affordable cost being available to all U.S. residents.

  • The League is very pleased with the Supreme Court's decision upholding the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  Today’s decision in Florida v. HHS  was surprising but deeply important because it protects the health of millions of Americans. Read our full statement.

  • Supreme Court Decision Protects Health Care for Millions of Americans

     Washington, DC – The following statement is by Elisabeth MacNamara, national President of the League of Women Voters:

    “Today’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in Florida v. HHS upholding the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was surprising, but deeply important. This decision protects the health of millions of Americans.

    “The Court recognized health care reform for what it is: a legislative response to complex issues threatening the health and well-being of Americans that was best resolved by the elected branch of government – the Congress. The Court upheld this historic, transformative act of Congress.

    “Upholding the ACA brings our nation closer to the goals of this law: to provide universal health care for all Americans. There are still threats to these critical reforms and the League will continue its work fighting for progress on many fronts.

    “Now that the law has been upheld, children will no longer be denied coverage due to pre-existing conditions, young adults can stay on their parents’ health plans as dependents until age 26, Medicare participants will have annual check-ups and mammograms, and many uninsured Americans will now have health care coverage.

    “Leagues throughout the country will continue to educate communities and Americans on the ACA and its pivotal impact on their lives. Health care for all must be the goal as we expand coverage to millions of Americans and preserve the ACA’s transformational reforms.

    “We expressed great hope when the ACA passed Congress in 2010 after decades of struggle. Today, we look to a brighter future, a tomorrow that includes health care coverage for all Americans.”

    CONTACT: Kelly Ceballos, kceballos@lwv.org

  • It is National Women’s Health Week– and groups around the nation are taking a moment to recognize the importance of women’s health, and the impact the Affordable Care Act has had in advancing and improving women’s health.

  • Local Leagues across the country have responded to recent attempts in Congress to allow employers and health plans to block contraceptive services and discriminate against women.