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Premium subsidies case could end federal Medicaid funding in many states
Modern Healthcare

Millions of Medicaid beneficiaries could lose their benefits if the Supreme Court rules against the Obama administration in the King v. Burwell premium subsidies case, some legal experts and state Medicaid officials say. On the other hand, the ruling might force states that have reduced Medicaid benefits to restore them.

While it’s widely known that millions of Americans likely would have to drop their private insurance if the high court invalidates the subsidies in states using the federal exchange, the potential impact on Medicaid beneficiaries has been little discussed. Experts say the fallout would affect both beneficiaries who are newly eligible for Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act’s expansion of the program and those who previously were eligible.