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Indiana Insurers Impacted By Trump Administration ACA Payments Freeze
14 July 2018, 02:56 | Silvia Roy
Trump Administration To Stop Paying Some Obamacare Bills
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on Tuesday announced steep funding cuts for sign-up assistance through state-based programs called "navigators". Premiums undoubtedly will rise, and more people will be unable to afford them. In January a federal court in MA ruled the formula wasn't arbitrary and capricious. Last year, in addition to reducing money to navigator groups, the Administration cut funding for promotion of the law by $90 million. Many insurers that enroll large numbers of unhealthy people depend on the "risk adjustment" payments, which are meant to reduce the incentives for insurers to seek out healthy consumers and shun those with chronic illnesses and other pre-existing conditions. It discourages companies from trying to save money by cherry-picking the healthiest people and kicking others to the curb. Verma said the administration is defending the risk adjustment regulation, even though it was written under the Obama administration. But people who earn too much to qualify could be priced out of insurance. The mandate requires people without insurance from their employer or a government program to obtain health coverage or pay a penalty. Since when did the claims of insurers become a reliable guide to American health care?
Rumors that the Trump administration would freeze payments were circulating late last week.
But despite President Donald Trump's disdain for "Obamacare", enrollment for subsidized private coverage has been fairly steady, with about 10 million people now signed up.
"Given the continued attacks on health care, including federal rules allowing the resurgence of low-priced, junk health insurance plans, such as "association health plans" and "short-term plans", consumers looking for good, comprehensive coverage could be easily confused", said Frederick Isasi, executive director of Families USA, a left-leaning advocacy organization.
But Senator Ron Wyden, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee, said encouraging navigators to promote plans that don't comply with the ACA is "federally funded fraud: paying groups to sell unsuspecting Americans on junk plans that allow insurance companies to deny care on a whim and charge whatever they want is nothing but a scam". The administration is also pushing to broaden the definition of short-term insurance, which is also exempted from the ACA's rules. "This is a time when consumers need more help to understand the insurance options that are available to them-not less".
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Private donations mostly paid for the project, including from the American businessman and Jewish philanthropist Sheldon Adelson. Instead, it will be sent up as a secondary payload atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on a yet to be determined date in December.
Signaling the administration's long-term objectives, Andrew Bremberg, who oversees domestic policy at the White House, told reporters previous year, "The president still firmly believes that Congress must act to repeal and replace Obamacare, but before that can be done, this administration must act to provide relief".
The federal government forms for applying for health coverage are seen at a rally held by supporters of the Affordable Care Act, widely referred to as "Obamacare", outside the Jackson-Hinds Comprehensive Health Center in Jackson, Mississippi, U.S. on October 4, 2013. The funding will be delivered to eligible organizations that can help individuals enroll in ACA health plans. The other half are covered by expanded Medicaid.