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West Virginia governor says he 'appreciates' high court health care ruling on subsidies


CHARLESTON, West Virginia — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's office says he "appreciates" a U.S. Supreme Court ruling letting 28,000 West Virginians keep receiving federal subsidies for health insurance plans bought from a federal marketplace.

The Democrat's spokeswoman, Shayna Varner, says the ruling lets West Virginians who count on the Affordable Care Act's tax credits continue buying insurance through the private market.

About 28,000 of the 33,000 West Virginians using the exchange receive credits.

More than 6 million people nationwide risked losing subsidies because they live in states without their own health insurance exchanges.

Subsidies were threatened in 34 states that relied on the federal health insurance marketplace, including West Virginia.

Republican U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito says she's disappointed in the decision and committed to health care reform other than the Affordable Care Act.

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