Wolf "pretty confident" health care contingency plan will work

Written by Ben Allen, General Assignment Reporter | May 4, 2015 3:11 AM

(Harrisburg) -- The U-S Supreme Court is set to rule in June on a major piece of the Affordable Care Act, and Governor Tom Wolf is preparing for the decision.

In a letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, he's signaling Pennsylvania will operate a state-based health insurance exchange.

"I'm pretty confident that they'll work, but I'm even more confident that we won't have to do it. I think the Supreme Court will rule the right way. I'm just doing this as a contingency and I'm looking forward to working with the Legislature if and when this becomes necessary," says Wolf.

The Wolf administration says the letter doesn't lock the state into creating an exchange, but gives it the option. Other states have their own exchange.

"And we'll be looking to them and see what they do and I think we have a pretty good sense that we can do some things that will be in place should we unfortunately need to do this by January," adds Wolf.

The Supreme Court is deciding whether subsidies can be distributed to those who get coverage through a federally-run exchange.

Plaintiffs in the Supreme Court case argue the Affordable Care Act only allows subsidies for those who get coverage through a state exchange.

About 382,000 Pennsylvanians signed up for health coverage through the federal exchange.

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