Public Affairs Manager
Arlington, VA – The following is a statement from Leslie Fried, Senior Director of the National Council on Aging (NCOA) Center for Benefits Access on the Supreme Court decision in King v. Burwell:
“Today was a win for Congress and the American people, including more than a million older Americans who depend on the Affordable Care Act to access affordable health care.
“The National Council on Aging is pleased that the Supreme Court recognized that the intent of the ACA is for tax subsidies to extend to all Americans, regardless of which exchange they access for coverage.
“Before implementation of the ACA, more than 1.6 million adults aged 55 to 65 were underinsured or uninsured. Many are vulnerable and suffer from chronic conditions that make it virtually impossible for them to find and afford coverage without the ACA and its premium tax credits. Prior to the law, many suffered the indignity of not being able to afford care while struggling through unemployment or underemployment. Unable to scrape together the money to see a doctor or purchase prescriptions, these Americans end up costing Medicare more in their first years of enrollment.
“With today’s ruling, the ACA will continue to be a lifeline to better health for millions of older Americans who need access to affordable health care and will continue to afford it due to their eligibility for the premium tax credits.”
The National Council on Aging (NCOA) is a respected national leader and trusted partner to help people aged 60+ meet the challenges of aging. Our mission is to improve the lives of millions of older adults, especially those who are struggling. Through innovative community programs and services, online help, and advocacy, NCOA is partnering with nonprofit organizations, government, and business to improve the health and economic security of 10 million older adults by 2020. Learn more at ncoa.org and @NCOAging.