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Trump adds more confusion to Obamacare

Trump adds more confusion to Obamacare

"The program does not cost taxpayers any money and has worked effectively to help balance the cost of caring for those with significant health needs by ensuring that health plans are able to enroll all consumers, regardless of their health status", Serota said in a statement. In January a federal court in MA ruled the formula wasn't arbitrary and capricious.

"I have not heard any of this", said Catherine Edwards, executive director of the Missouri Association of Area Agencies on Aging, which has spread navigator money to groups across that state and took a 62 percent cut in funding past year.

Officials with Kaiser Permanente, the state's other insurer with Affordable Care Act plans, have raised concerns about the risk adjustment program but disagreed with the suspension of the payments.

Florida Blue, an insurer that enrolls among the largest number of Obamacare consumers nationwide, said it won't miss the help from the federally funded grass-roots helpers.

The idea behind the program is to remove the financial incentive for insurers to "cherry pick" healthier customers. In addition, both President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have, in the past, supported the idea that insurers should not consider preexisting conditions when delivering coverage. It's bad news, as well, for all Americans who believe that nobody should be priced out of basic health care just to save the rest of us a buck.

In its announcement, CMS said the private sector is more cost-effective, so people looking for health coverage should be encouraged to go to insurance agents and brokers (who may receive a commission, unlike navigators).

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Under the bill, the tax penalty for people who fail to obtain insurance-the so-called individual mandate-was repealed, effective January 1, 2019.

Insurers were required to meet a June deadline to say in which in counties they'll sell insurance, as well as which kind of plans - so those are locked in, pending a state review. In other words, the Trump Administration position in court is in favor of making the payments. The Trump administration also is seeking to expand the use of short-term health insurance plans that are often less expensive but don't have the same consumer protections as exchange plans. The Maryland Insurance Administration has a hearing scheduled for July 31.

Signaling the administration's long-term objectives, Andrew Bremberg, who oversees domestic policy at the White House, told reporters a year ago, "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".

Risk adjustment is one of three methods built into the 2010 health-care law to help insulate insurance companies from the ACA requirement that they accept all customers for the first time - healthy and sick - without charging more to those who need substantial care. About 20 million Americans have received health insurance coverage through the program. Block grants to the states would be based on ACA subsidies and the cost of Medicaid expansion "as of a fixed date", i.e., frozen, putting "federal spending on real budget", according to the plan.

"Every time President Trump sabotages the Affordable Care Act he raises someone's health care premiums".

Medicaid provides free health insurance to an estimated 74 million low-income people, while SNAP provides food-purchasing assistance to roughly 44 million Americans.


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