The U.S. Supreme Court plans to hear oral arguments on a case that could affect the viability of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act public exchange system and PPACA insurance underwriting rules March 4.

The court also has agreed to let both parties in the case, David King et al. vs. Sylvia Burwell et al. (Case Number 14-114), submit briefs from interested parties.

The case hinges on whether the provisions in PPACA that created the public exchange system and the premium subsidy tax credits let the exchanges run by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services offer access to the tax credits. Some, especially PPACA critics, say the provisions let the state-based exchanges offer the tax credits but do not authorize the HHS-run exchanges to offer the tax credits.

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Allison Bell

Allison Bell, a senior reporter at ThinkAdvisor and BenefitsPRO, previously was an associate editor at National Underwriter Life & Health. She has a bachelor's degree in economics from Washington University in St. Louis and a master's degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. She can be reached through X at @Think_Allison.