Lucy Hodder, an accomplished attorney in the field of health law and professor of law and director of the new health law and policy programs at the University of New Hampshire, is available to discuss the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in King v. Burwell that will decide the future of premium tax subsidies for individual health coverage under the Affordable Care Act and possibly result in the demise of the federally operated health insurance “marketplace” or “exchange.” New Hampshire is one of 34 states that did not set up its own state exchange and instead relies on the federally operated health insurance marketplace, healthcare.gov. A decision by the U.S. Supreme Court is expected this month.
Hodder can be reached at (603) 513-5212 or [email protected]. UNH Media Relations has an on-site ReadyCam broadcast studio available through VideoLink (617-340-4300) for television interviews and an ISDN line for radio interviews.
“The consequences of this ruling could be disruptive and devastating not just for the approximately 46,000 citizens who have purchased individual insurance through the marketplace but for our health insurance market statewide and nationally,” said Hodder, who served as legal counsel for N.H. Governor Maggie Hassan and her advisor on health care matters related to ACA including the development of New Hampshire’s federally operated health insurance marketplace and the passage and implementation of the bi-partisan New Hampshire Health Protection Program (Medicaid expansion). “Like it or not, if the U.S. Supreme Court rules against the government and tax credits are denied to those who purchase healthcare coverage on the federally-operated exchange there would be thousands of people in New Hampshire alone who would lose their affordable coverage and the future of New Hampshire’s health insurance marketplace would be in jeopardy.”