More than 125,000 people in Wisconsin now wait and see as Obamcare case plays out

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by David Ade

 MADISON -- There were two appeals court rulings issued today on challenges to the Affordable Care Act. One that went the President's way, and another that didn't

These two rulings center on a key piece of the law.

It all comes down to who qualifies for financial help to pay for health insurance, and who doesn't.

It's important to say nobody in Wisconsin will have their coverage affected right now as this all plays out in court, and likely heads to the U.S. Supreme Court

Through the Affordable Care Act, about 125-thousand people in Wisconsin get financial assistance for their insurance in the form of a federal subsidy.

A lower level appeals court in D-C ruled Tuesday, those people are not allowed to collect that subsidy. But a federal appeals court in Virginia ruled the exact opposite.

The battle comes because thousands of people here in Wisconsin joined millions around the country in using the federal marketplace to find a health insurance plan.

An expert on the Affordable Care Act from UW-Madison says rulings like this are not a sign people will all of a sudden lose coverage.

"This is an important decision in understanding how contentious the affordable care act remains...and how much in debate several central elements are. But i also want to caution people not to over read what today's decision means." said Donna Friedsam, UW Health Programs Policy Director.

 

Wisconsin was among the majority of states in the country that did not offer a state-run marketplace to buy health insurance. Instead, allowing people to use the federal marketplace, or finding insurance coverage through work.

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