Governors Weigh What Obamacare Ruling Could Mean For States’ Subsidies

With a Supreme Court decision on health-insurance subsidies on the horizon, U.S. governors are bracing themselves, weighing what states that opted for a federal health-insurance marketplace under President Obama’s health-care overhaul might do if a ruling were to affect subsidies in those states.

The country’s governors, assembled this weekend at the annual National Governors Association meeting in Washington, D.C., are set to meet tomorrow with Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell. The subject promises to be a major topic of discussion.

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, chairman of the National Governors Association, said that one question that governors are asking is whether states that run their own marketplaces can cover residents of other states.

“This is new ground,” said Hickenlooper, a Democrat who opted for a state marketplace. “I don’t think anyone understands exactly what the alternatives are, depending on how the ruling comes.”