Chronic pain may not be as immediately urgent or life-threatening as cancer, a cardiac event, or kidney disease. But as pain management specialists and pain patients see every day, the long-term effects of chronic pain on patients’ lives can be nothing short of debilitating.
The Supreme Court's decision to uphold Affordable Care Act insurance subsidies in all 50 states was greeted warmly by major healthcare associations and by Wall Street. However, the decision in King vs. Burwell also served to reignite debate over the healthcare law, and the challenges that remain 5 years after its passage.
While patients who use the Affordable Care Act's tax credits to buy health insurance are the most directly affected by the Supreme Court's King vs. Burwell ruling, the ripple effects of the decision are much wider.
In a 6-3 decision, the Supreme Court on Thursday upheld nationwide subsidies for people who meet income qualifications and buy insurance on a federal or state marketplace. The plaintiffs had argued the subsidies were only authorized for state-run exchanges.