138,000 Louisianians could lose health insurance
BATON ROUGE - The U.S. Supreme Court will issue a ruling on the Affordable Care Act that could leave almost 138,000 people in the Louisiana without health insurance.
The conflict is over federal subsidies that help low and middle income people pay for their health insurance.
In the Supreme Court case, opponents of the ACA argue the federal government should not be subsidizing individuals living in states which have not set up their own state exchanges or "marketplace". Louisiana is one of 34 states which does not have its own exchange.
Louisiana's Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon says the loss of the subsidies could increase health care premiums for everyone else.
"The affect will be on the rest of the insured population and the rates they pay will be larger as more folks drop out and stay out of the insured market," said Donelon.
Donelon says if the Supreme Court strikes down the subsidies, then it will be up to congress to quickly come up with an alternative plan. The court could issue a ruling as soon as Friday.