Wolf opens door to running health insurance marketplace

Written by The Associated Press | May 1, 2015 2:14 PM
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(Harrisburg) -- Governor Tom Wolf is advancing plans to maintain federal health insurance subsidies for hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians ahead of a U.S. Supreme Court decision that could wipe them out in some states.

Wolf's administration says the Democrat wrote to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to declare his intent to operate the insurance marketplace in 2016.

The federal government currently operates it.

Wolf's administration says the letter isn't binding, but provides the option in case the court's ruling is adverse.

Plaintiffs in the lawsuit say the Obama administration is unlawfully providing subsidies to people buying health insurance in the 37 states using, the federally run insurance marketplace.

They say the law's wording limits those subsidies to people purchasing policies on the 13 state-run insurance exchanges.

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