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June 25, 2015 - ATLANTA, GEORGIA  - Millions of Americans and Hundreds of Thousands of Georgians will continue to receive necessary Tax Credits for More Affordable Healthcare Premiums from the Healthcare.gov Marketplace

The Feminist Women’s Health Center applauds the Supreme Court for upholding the availability of health insurance subsidies for more than 7.5 million people in states, including Georgia, that have not established their own insurance marketplaces under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

“This is a tremendous victory for all of us. We are thrilled that women and their families in Georgia will continue to have access to subsidies to make health insurance more affordable and accessible” said Janelle Yamarick, Executive Director of the Feminist Women’s Health Center. “Hundreds of thousands of low and middle income Georgians will be helped by this decision.  Without the subsidies, monthly insurance premiums are just too expensive for many women in Georgia.”

Women, especially those who struggle with economic barriers to health care, have benefited enormously from the ACA. Over 9 million women in the U.S. were eligible for tax credits in 2014 to reduce the cost of their monthly health insurance premiums. Increased access to affordable health care means women and people of color can more easily pursue new educational, economic, and employment opportunities without putting the health of their families at risk.

“This decision means that we won’t turn the clock back on the progress we’ve made. More than  412,385 people in Georgia have already benefitted from greater health and economic security through the health care law and subsidies,” said Kwajelyn Jackson, Community Education & Advocacy Manger. “Our work is not finished.  We will continue our advocacy to advance the goal of universal access to health care for all women and LGBTQ people by advocating to close the coverage gap to ensure that all Georgians can have the affordable health coverage and care they need to live long, healthy lives.”

Since 1977, the Feminist Women's Health Center (FWHC) has strived to empower women and vulnerable communities through service, education, and advocacy. As Atlanta's leading non-profit women's health resource, we have earned an outstanding reputation for providing quality care and community education, while advocating for improved women's health and expanding our reach to women of color, immigrant and LGBT communities. For more information about the Feminist Women’s Health Center, visitwww.feministcenter.orgorwww.feministcenter.org/about-fwhc/media-center

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