The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Friday to review a challenge to the tax subsidies allowed under the Affordable Care Act, a critical aspect of the law meant to help uninsured individuals better afford health care coverage.

The Supreme Court said it will hear a Republican-backed appeal of a July 22 decision of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia that upheld the validity of subsidies offered to individuals on the federal exchange. On the same day, a three-judge panel on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals declared the law’s premium subsidies invalid in more than two dozen states due to the law’s specific language.

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