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Supreme Court Challenge to Federal Health Law Won't Affect California, Experts Say

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Health policy experts say the upcoming Supreme Court hearing regarding the Affordable Care Act will not affect health insurance subsidies for Californians. But a ruling against the law could confuse people.

The King versus Burwell challenge at the U.S. Supreme Court deals with subsidies for coverage in states where the exchanges are federally-run.

 Peter Lee of Covered California says California's marketplace is state-based.

 "We are not even a subject to that dispute,” he says.

Shana Alex Charles with the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research says a ruling against insurance subsidies could confuse people, and cause them to stop paying premiums.

“I’m sure that probably the enrollees in Covered California would be very worried and it might cause some kind of panic,” she says.

Charles says no matter how the court rules, she doesn't believe this will be the last legal challenge to the Affordable Care Act.