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Fact Sheets: How the U.S. Supreme Court Could Affect Your State
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Fact Sheets: How the U.S. Supreme Court Could Affect Your State

A ruling for the plaintiffs in King v. Burwell would take away quality, affordable health care from millions of Americans.

U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts and justices Anthony M. Kennedy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Stephen G. Breyer stand before President Barack Obama's State of the Union address on January 20, 2015. (AP/Mandel Ngan)
U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts and justices Anthony M. Kennedy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Stephen G. Breyer stand before President Barack Obama's State of the Union address on January 20, 2015. (AP/Mandel Ngan)

For updated information on how King v. Burwell could affect your state, see “Fact Sheets: The State-by-State Effects of the Supreme Court’s King v. Burwell Ruling.”

On March 4, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear King v. Burwell, a lawsuit that seeks to strip premium tax credits from people who live in states with a federal insurance marketplace under the Affordable Care Act, or ACA. Repealing this pillar of the law, which helps make health coverage more affordable for consumers, would have severe consequences.

The stakes could not be higher. The sudden elimination of a key component of the ACA would cause substantial disruptions to the U.S. health care system. Moreover, it would take away health insurance coverage from more than 8 million Americans and cause premiums to spike for many more.

This court decision has the potential to upend the health care system at the same time that the Affordable Care Act is working. Across the country, 9.5 million people have enrolled in quality, affordable coverage as of mid-January.

For more information about the impact of King v. Burwell in specific states, see the following fact sheets:

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