Appeals court cancels arguments on PPACA subsidies, awaits SCOTUS decision

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals has canceled arguments in a case concerning subsidies provided under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, following the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to hear a separate case on the same issue, according to The Wall Street Journal.

In July, a three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit ruled tax subsidies may not be provided in states that didn't establish their own insurance exchanges. However, just hours after the decision was released, a three-judge panel from the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Virginia held low- and middle-income Americans in all states can legally receive subsidies for health insurance under the PPACA, even if their state didn't have its own exchange.

In August, the Obama Administration asked for a rehearing in the D.C. Circuit case, and the petition was granted. The case was set to be reheard by the full D.C. Circuit in December.

However, four Virginia residents seeking to block subsidies in the states that didn't establish their own exchanges filed an appeal of the Fourth Circuit Case, which made its way up to the Supreme Court. Last week, the high court agreed to hear the case.

The D.C. Circuit said it will review its case after the Supreme Court issues a decision in the Virginia case, according to The Journal.

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