Cover Oregon: State Won’t Be Affected By Ruling

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Cover Oregon officials say Oregonians won’t be affected by a federal appeals court ruling that President Barack Obama’s health care law authorizes subsidies only for people who buy insurance on exchanges established by states.

Two months ago, Oregon officials decided to ditch the state’s glitch-filled exchange website and switch to the federal marketplace.

But Cover Oregon spokeswoman Ariane Holm said since Oregon’s exchange is designated as a state-based marketplace in 2014, and a supported state-based marketplace in 2015, the ruling does not affect Oregon.

The federal administration is expected to appeal the ruling and said policyholders will keep getting financial aid in the meantime.

In a conflicting ruling, a Virginia court said the government could subsidize premiums for people in states that use the federal insurance exchange.

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