LINCOLN COUNTY, GA (WFXG) - The Washington D.C. District Court of Appeals ruled in a 2-1 decision that the Affordable Care Act does not allow the IRS to give premium subsidies through its federally ran healthcare exchanges.
In a similar case, however, a Virginia appeals court ruled in favor of that provision saying "Congress specified that exchanges should be established and run by the states, but permits federal officials to act in place of the state when it fails to establish an exchange."
"One of the rulings that came out was disappointing," said Dante McKay, Georgia's state director for Get Covered America. "That is the judicial system. It will run its course. Currently, those that have financial assistance are not affected."
McKay said his non-profit organization will continue to help people sign up for the affordable care act.
"While that is playing out in courts, we will continue to do what we do by educating and connecting for to coverage," McKay said.
McKay met with other representatives in the area Wednesday, including Augusta mayor elect Hardie Davis, at Trinity Hospital for a roundtable discussion about the ACA.
"The biggest takeaway that we've identified today is not only being able to identify navigators who can assist with the enrollment process moving forward but then, more importantly, training those navigators providing them with the resources necessary to not only identified those individuals who are uninsured and under-insured and then once we've done that, to have a plan of action of how we will get them enrolled, across the entire community," Davis said.
Still the question remains how Georgia will be affected. Since the state is one of 36 others that did not create a state exchange system, we are likely to see this case go all the way to the Supreme Court.