Trump Administration Cuts Funding For Obamacare Navigator Program

Trump administration freezes billions of dollars in payments to Obamacare insurers

Trump Administration To Stop Paying Some Obamacare Bills

Payments for 2017 are $10.4 billion. 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.

Even so, enrollment under the health law has remained remarkably steady.

The issue is expected to be resolved by the end of the year and risk adjustment transfers will be completed "on time or with only minimal delay", she said. America's Health Insurance Plans, an industry trade group, told the Wall Street Journal that it was "very discouraged by the new market disruption brought about by the decision to freeze risk adjustment payments".

Frank Pallone called the cuts more "sabotage" from the administration.

The agency once again defended the decrease by saying that navigators, which usually hail from non-profit and community organizations, are not effective.

The administration, however, was not compelled to halt the payments on the basis of this ruling.

CMS was referring to a February ruling from a federal court in New Mexico that invalidated the risk adjustment formula, and a January ruling from a federal court in MA that upheld it. It's also taken other actions recently that will increase costs. 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. "Again, past year you heard a lot of that". These are people who are not going to go to an insurance agent or broker.

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The Trump White House has been busy separating migrant families and plotting the demise of Roe v. Wade in recent weeks, but don't worry: they haven't forgotten about their quest to make it harder for Americans to obtain adequate health insurance.

While the DOJ has argued that only the individual mandate, and not the entire ACA, should be struck down, its refusal to uphold the constitutionality of a current law is highly unusual. Since when did the claims of insurers become a reliable guide to American health care? But the White House never produced a proposal, and legislation from congressional Republicans would have left millions uninsured, while undermining protections for people with pre-existing health problems. Pregnancy could be one of these.

Nicholas Bagley, an assistant professor of law at the University of Michigan Law School, wrote in a health services research blog, "The Incidental Economist", that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is wrong to interpret the federal court ruling as preventing it from making payments.

The president last fall also issued an executive order to try to make it easier for individuals and small businesses to buy health plans that cost less than ACA coverage because they cover fewer medical services and bypass the law's rules meant to protect people from old insurance practices in which companies had charged higher prices to women, older people, and those with preexisting medical conditions. The Maryland Insurance Administration has a hearing scheduled for July 31.

ACA enrollment has held steady at 12 million people.

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". This brand new cut will depart navigators with only a portion of the money they had available for its open registration periods that happened during President Barack Obama's government - in most likelihood hampering their capacity to help customers during the complicated process of choosing a medical insurance plan and applying for financial aid.

This plan has now been rebranded and was issued by the Health Policy Consensus Group on June 19 in the form of "Policy Recommendations to Congress". The other half are covered by expanded Medicaid.

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