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Commonwealth of Virginia
Office of the Attorney General

Mark Herring
Attorney General

900 East Main Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219


For media inquiries only, contact:  
Michael Kelly, Director of Communications
Phone: (804)786-5874 
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  ~ Herring to hold media conference call at noon (info below) ~

~ Virginia was the lead on a multistate amicus brief defending affordable healthcare ~

RICHMOND(June 15, 2015)--Today the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed that healthcare affordability assistance under the Affordable Care Act is available for all Americans, whether their state built its own exchange or uses a federally-facilitated one. Attorney General Mark R. Herring took the lead in writing an amicus brief joined by 21 other states and the District of Columbia supplementing arguments made by the U.S. Department of Justice and explaining the reasons that consumers can still receive federal assistance even if their state utilizes a federally-facilitated exchange. Because of this ruling, millions of Americans and hundreds of thousands of Virginians will continue to access federal assistance to afford quality healthcare.


Attorney General Herring issued the following statement on today's ruling:

"I'm really proud that the court agreed with us, but mostly I'm relieved that millions of Americans dodged a bullet. This lawsuit was a legal Hail Mary that was just playing games with the healthcare of nearly 300,000 vulnerable Virginians, nearly 9 million Americans, and the stability of the health insurance markets in at least 34 states. In Virginia, the average annual assistance at stake was more than $3,000. That's the difference between having healthcare and going without for hundreds of thousands of Virginia families. That's life changing. The stakes were too high for us to sit this one out, so we fought and won at the 4th Circuit, and now we've fought and won at the Supreme Court."


Herring helped successfully defend Virginians access to healthcare affordability assistance when the case was before the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals. At the district level, former Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli had previously filed an amicus brief in support of the plaintiffs' position.


Attorney General Herring will discuss today's ruling on a conference call at 12:00 p.m.


Thursday, June 25, 2015

Conference Call with Attorney General Mark Herring on King v. Burwell Decision

When: 12:00 p.m. noon

Call in: 1-866-842-5779

Conference code: 425 308 1796


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