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IU McKinney to host timely panel discussion on challenges to Affordable Care Act



INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law Hall Center for Law and Health will host a panel discussion examining the two latest court challenges to the Affordable Care Act.

“Tax Credits and the Affordable Care Act: A Discussion of King v. Burwell and Indiana v. IRS” will begin at 12:45 p.m. March 3 in Room 385 at Inlow Hall, 530 W. New York St.

The panel discussion, which takes place the day before the U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments in one case, will feature commentary from Indiana Solicitor General Thomas Fisher and professor David Orentlicher, co-director of the Hall Center for Law and Health.

On March 4, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in King v. Burwell. This case represents a challenge to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s provision of subsidies in the form of tax credits for health insurance purchased through the Affordable Care Act Exchange. At issue is the question of whether these subsidies are available only within the 14 states that created state-run health insurance exchanges, or whether these tax credits are available to all eligible purchasers of health insurance from either state or federal exchanges. 

A similar issue is being argued in the locally based case of Indiana v. IRS. Indiana and multiple school districts argue that schools and local governments are not subject to the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate because the tax credits contemplated by the act should be made available only to those who purchase insurance through state-run exchanges.