Trump Administration Halts Payments Under Obamacare Program

Trump administration freezes Obamacare payments, citing court decision

"This action will significantly increase 2019 premiums for millions of individuals and small business owners and could result in far fewer health plan choices", Serota said in a statement.

Health care insurance customers could be in for some sticker shock over next year's prices now that the Trump administration says it's freezing payments under an "Obamacare" program that protects insurers with sicker patients from financial losses.

"This decision will have serious consequences for millions of consumers who get their coverage through small businesses or buy coverage on their own. As a result of this litigation, billions of dollars in risk adjustment payments and collections are now on hold", CMS administrator Seema Verma reportedly said in a statement.

The New Mexico ruling found fault with the formula used by the government to calculate the payments, saying it was "arbitrary and capricious". But another district court in MA upheld the formula.

It also comes as insurers appeared to be warming back up to the ACA.

Insurance companies responded quickly on Saturday with their disapproval.

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.

The move is expected to add to premium increases next year.

But supporters of the ACA criticized the CMS announcement as the latest move by the Trump administration to undermine Obamacare.

An insurance industry source said one fix the industry is pushing for is providing that additional explanation to the court, through what is known as an interim final rule, in order to resume payments.

But to Rodney Whitlock, Vice President of Health Policy at ML Strategies and former Republican congressional aide, it's not perplexing at all.

The mainstream media report offered more criticism from supporters of the Affordable Care Act.

Indeed, a series of actions by the administration have undermined the ACA. However, under Obamacare, insurance companies can not charge higher premiums, or even deny coverage, to clients with pre-existing conditions.

Still, insurers are grappling with changes that the Trump administration and Congress have made to Obamacare for 2019.

"They can't just say, 'Well, we're new, we don't like what the previous guys did, so we're going to do something different, '" Whitlock says.

Legal experts said there were several ways the administration could have dealt with the situation, without going so far as to suspend the program. Some insurances have even expanded their presence in states where they were already operating with help from the Affordable Care Act.

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