The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments on Wednesday in a case that will determine if a key part of the Affordable Care Act can stand.

At the heart of King vs. Burwell is whether the use of federal subsidies to cover plans purchased through the federal site, HealthCare.gov, is legal. If the court sides with the challengers, about 8 million people could be affected in 34 states.

But those who purchased health plans in California, through the state site Covered California, are not affected by the case or decision because state-based exchanges and subsidies are not at risk, said Anthony Wright, executive director of Health Access California, the statewide health care consumer advocacy coalition.

“By definition, this new politically motivated anti-Obamacare court case doesn’t impact California’s state-based exchange, and thus will have no impact on those in Covered California or in our overall market,” Wright said in a statement. “But if somehow the Supreme Court did side with Obamacare opponents, California would still be unaffected.”

About 1.4 million Californians have health coverage after purchasing a plan through Covered California, the state’s insurance exchange. More than 80 percent of those who enrolled in a plan through the state’s exchange in 2014 received some sort of tax credits to pay for coverage.


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