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Premium Subsidy Fight Creating Uncertainty for Hospitals, Health Plans
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Not-for-profit hospitals and health plans may feel the economic effects of the uncertainty created when two federal appellate courts last week issued conflicting opinions on a key provision of the Patent Protection and Affordable Care Act.

In a 2–1 ruling in Halbig v. Burwell, last week, judges on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals last Tuesday said that specific language in PPACA does not authorize the Internal Revenue Service to extend tax credits to an estimated 4.7 million people in 34 states who bought coverage through the federally facilitated exchange.