Court Upholds Subsidies for Federal Exchange Coverage

June 25, 2015

The National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) applauds today’s U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding the availability of subsidies for consumers purchasing health insurance coverage through federal exchanges.  As a result of today’s ruling, consumers in states that have relied on federal marketplaces will continue to have access to subsidies that help make the cost of coverage for children and their family members affordable.  Many children eligible for coverage through Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) have parents currently eligible for premium subsidies.  Without those subsidies, fewer parents would seek marketplace coverage and, as a result, fewer children would be screened for and enrolled in public insurance.

Today’s ruling is unlikely to end the debate over the deep policy differences that exist about provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  There are aspects of the ACA that PNPs and other pediatric-focused APRNs believe should be revised, including eliminating barriers to children’s access to APRNs as primary care providers.  Building on the broad bipartisan agreement earlier this year to extend critical funding for CHIP, NAPNAP looks forward to working with Congress and the Obama administration to reach agreement on policies to ensure that children and their families will have improved access to affordable, comprehensive health care.