Local reaction after Supreme Court subsidy decision

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – The Supreme Court ruled on the legality of tax subsidies in the affordable care act. That money helps 7-million people afford health insurance and today the high court ruled those subsidies should be available no matter where you live.

Director of Social Services Jan Elliot says the decision benefits everyone.

“Health insurance will give them that opportunity without that they will wind up in the emergency room and we all pay for that with increased costs because that care has to be paid somehow. So now, the insurance would cover that and we can prevent it before they have to go to the hospital frequently,” says Jan Elliot.

Elliot says now people can visit the doctor regularly because they have insurance. She says this will prevent people from going to the emergency room.

Despite today’s ruling, insurance companies are still hiking up their premiums. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina is the only company to offer federal health plans in all 100 counties.

A 40-year-old non-smoker in Pitt County, the current cheapest plan is around 250 dollars after a 20-dollar tax credit. Next year, that plan will go up to 312 dollars using the average 25 percent increase requested.

“The increase insurance is done through percentages, so i don’t like to quantify it in monetary amounts because it varies. They will see an increase and it will be about a 20 percent increase or so and it will vary but it won’t hurt anyone, it will still be affordable,” says Sharon Evans.

There will be four plans offered next year, in North Carolina, but not all will be offered in the east.

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