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DOMA Ruling Changes Health Care Reform Landscape

06/28/13

  04:31:56 pm, by MedBen5   , 241 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

DOMA Ruling Changes Health Care Reform Landscape

The decision by the Supreme Court earlier this week to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act changes how health care benefits will be handled for same-sex couples under the Affordable Care Act, writes Matthew Sturdevant:

“A person in a same-sex marriage who has health insurance through an employer and provides coverage to a spouse will no longer be taxed for the employer’s contribution to that spouse’s health coverage – one of several examples of how same-sex marriages will benefit financially and otherwise by having the same federal recognition as a marriage between a woman and man.

“The ruling changes how people will shop on health insurance exchanges this fall as part of federal health care reform, sometimes called Obamacare.

“As part of federal health care reform, people can qualify for federal subsidies as individuals or families when they buy health insurance on a public exchange, which is an online marketplace for health coverage.

“The U.S. Supreme Court decision will allow families of a same-sex couple to qualify for a family subsidy when buying insurance coverage on a health exchange, said State Healthcare Advocate Victoria Veltri.”

Still, additional questions remain about the decision’s affect on more than 1,000 federal laws that mention “marriage” or “spouse,” such as what will happen if a couple eligible for health insurance benefits in a state that has same-sex marriage moves to a state that doesn’t allow it.

Read more of Sturdevant’s observations at MedCity News.

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