AUGUSTA — Nearly 61,000 Maine residents will continue to receive tax subsidies that reduce the cost of their health insurance coverage through the Affordable Care Act.

The U.S. Supreme Court decided Thursday to uphold a key provision in the President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul that will preserve affordable health insurance for millions of Americans.

The case centered on the legality of the subsidies for consumers in Maine and 33 other states that don’t have their own health care exchange and rely on the one run by the federal government.

The Kaiser Family Foundation says that 60,939 Mainers were receiving subsidies as of March 31. The average monthly subsidy in the state receive is $337. On average, premiums were expected to rise 383 percent without the tax credit.