Affordable Care Act

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The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday handed the Obama administration a major victory on health care, ruling 6-3 that nationwide subsidies called for in the Affordable Care Act are legal.

"Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them," the court's majority said in the opinion, which was written by Chief Justice John Roberts. But they acknowledged that "petitioners' arguments about the plain meaning ... are strong."

    

The U. S. Supreme Court could rule soon on whether the Affordable Care Act can provide subsidies for millions of Americans.

The decision could affect Wisconsin and more than 30 other states that did not set up their own marketplaces. Their residents have had to buy plans on the federal exchange.

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Before the U.S. Supreme Court ends its session, it will rule on a case that could have a significant impact on health care in this country.

Aurora Health Care, Facebook

The health care environment in southeastern Wisconsin is a competitive one, with several major players vying for dominance. One of those players got a big dose of good financial news late last week.

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Monday marks the fifth anniversary of the Affordable Care Act’s passage. Experts and politicians continue assessing the law’s impacts. WUWM’s Erin Toner caught up with UWM Prof. Owen Thompson, who studies the economics of health care. Thompson says some dire predictions, such as insurance premiums would skyrocket, have not come to pass.

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Thousands of low-income Wisconsin residents who get federal subsidies for their health coverage could be impacted by a case the U.S. Supreme Court is considering.

IRS

As you compile your 2014 income tax documents, know that there will be a new line item on the federal form – because of the Affordable Care Act.

Increase in Medicaid Payments Under ACA to End

Dec 31, 2014

Doctors and hospitals throughout Wisconsin are bracing for a steep cut in Medicaid reimbursements, and there are fears the lower payments could reduce the quality of care.

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Around nine million people signed up for health insurance during the Affordable Care Act's first year.

Marti Mikkelson

Some Milwaukee residents are signing up for health care coverage as the federal Affordable Care Act enters its second year.

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