Maryland insurers say Trump Administration to cut health payments destabilizes market

Lynette PayneJul 14, 2018

"Longer-term, I think that the administration's walk-back of risk-adjustment payments penalizes those payers that did, in fact, attempt to enroll participants without bias to health status, and unfortunately it also rewards those payers that for whatever reason chose to play it that much safer and do their best to recruit healthy individuals", Abrams says. The group further added that it was worrying to see that the decision was made during a time when they were reviewing the premiums for the year 2019. Another federal judge upheld the risk adjustment formula in a separate case filed in MA.

This is distinct from the debate over ObamaCare's cost-sharing payments, which the Trump Administration cut off a year ago after a federal judge barred the subsidies that Congress had not appropriated. The assault on pre-existing condition protections may make its way to the Supreme Court soon, and if Brett Kavanaugh is sitting on the bench, affordable health care for all will be at serious risk. It discourages companies from trying to save money by cherry-picking the healthiest people and kicking others to the curb. 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.

More than 20 million people have coverage through former President Barack Obama's law.

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. They assisted 42% of enrollees, the agency said. But people who earn too much to qualify could be priced out of insurance.

America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), a trade group representing insurers offering plans via employers, through government programs and in the individual marketplace, said the CMS suspension would create a "new market disruption" at a "critical time" when insurers are setting premiums for next year.

Also last month, the Trump administration announced it was releasing rules making it easier for small businesses and self-employed individuals to buy insurance plans that do not comply with Obamacare's regulations. The administration is also pushing to broaden the definition of short-term insurance, which is also exempted from the ACA's rules.

Signaling the administration's long-term objectives, Andrew Bremberg, who oversees domestic policy at the White House, told reporters past 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 counselors, known as navigators, help consumers find an affordable health plan on the ACA exchanges. That's because many ACA customers will qualify for federal government premium subsidies, which are still alive and well in Obamacare. The most recent analysis of the issue was done in 2015 by H&R Block, which found that 52 percent of people who enrolled in health insurance through Affordable Care Act marketplaces around the country ended up paying back some of the subsidies.

Medicaid provides free health insurance to an estimated 74 million low-income people, while SNAP provides food-purchasing assistance to roughly 44 million Americans. The other half are covered by expanded Medicaid.

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