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25 June 2015

Statement from AMGA Regarding the King v. Burwell Decision

WASHINGTON – Today, in a 6-3 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Government’s ability to offer health insurance premiums on the Federal health insurance marketplace.  Chief Justice John Roberts, writing for the majority in King v. Burwell, wrote, "It is implausible" that Congress intended for the law to function without subsidies. Consequently, regardless of a health exchange being state or federally run, all eligible beneficiaries will be able to receive subsidies under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to purchase coverage.

Donald W. Fisher, Ph.D., CAE, President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Medical Group Association (AMGA), stated:  “We appreciate the Supreme Court’s decision on this critical case.  Now that the Court has ruled, we can continue the important work of improving healthcare while lowering costs.  AMGA looks forward to working with Congress and the Administration as we continue to make positive changes to the healthcare delivery system.” 

About AMGA
The American Medical Group Association is a 501(c)(6) trade association representing medical groups, health systems, and other organized systems of care, including some of the nation's largest, most prestigious integrated delivery systems. AMGA is a leading voice in advocating for efficient, team-based, and accountable care. AMGA members encompass all models of organized systems of care in the healthcare industry, including: physician-owned, independent group practices, integrated delivery systems, hospital-affiliated medical groups, independent practice associations (IPAs), academic and faculty practices, accountable care organizations, and high-performing health systems. More than 170,000 physicians practice in AMGA member organizations, providing healthcare services for 120 million patients (approximately one in three Americans). Headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, AMGA is the strategic partner for these organizations, providing a comprehensive package of benefits, including political advocacy, educational and networking programs, publications, benchmarking data services, and financial and operations assistance.