On July 22, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled that the government could not subsidize healthcare premiums for people living in States that utilize the Federal Marketplace, HealthCare.gov. The 2-to-1 decision would eliminate financial assistance to millions of people who gained coverage through the Federal Marketplace and were determined eligible for subsidies. Rejecting the decision, the White House said the Department of Justice intended to request that the entire appeals court rehear the case.
Just hours later, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit in Richmond issued an opposing ruling, deciding unanimously that subsidies could be used to obtain coverage through any of the Marketplaces, including the Federal Marketplace. With the federal appeals courts split, the issue could end up at the Supreme Court.