Missouri advocates praise ruling for health care subsidies
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Missouri supporters of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul praised a U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding insurance subsidies.
Missouri Foundation for Health policy director Ryan Barker said the ruling means nearly 200,000 residents will keep their subsidies.
Missouri is one of 34 states in which residents can buy health insurance through a federally run website; the other states operate their own sites. People can qualify for tax credits to subsidize their insurance costs.
Barker said the ruling also should lead to discussions of other ways to increase access to health insurance, such as expanding Medicaid eligibility.
In contrast, Missouri Republicans in Congress expressed disappointment with the ruling. U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt called the health care law flawed and says it needs to be replaced.