Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Donald Trump again raised on ObamaCare - Wiped Funds

Donald Trump again raised on ObamaCare - Wiped Funds

In listing examples of the kinds of groups eligible to apply for the money that remains, the CMS did not mention the grass-roots nonprofits that have done most of this work.

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.

"It will create more market uncertainty and increase premiums for many health plans - putting a heavier burden on small businesses and consumers and reducing coverage options", the industry's trade group, America's Health Insurer's Plan, said in a statement. This idea of pooling risk has had significant practical effects: encouraging insurers to participate in the insurance marketplaces the ACA created for Americans who can not get affordable health benefits through a job.

She noted the Trump administration views state flexibility as important, and is committed to granting as much of it as possible. Typically, agencies publish proposed rules to allow time for public comment before they go into effect.

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On Thursday the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the latest effort to send ACA markets into the proverbial death spiral.

A federal court ruling in New Mexico found the administration did not properly justify its formula for dispensing the funds. After three years, two programs expired, with only the risk adjustment program permanent as stipulated by the law. "This decision reflects CMS' commitment to put federal dollars for the Federally-facilitated Exchanges to their most cost effective use in order to better support consumers through the enrollment process". "As a result of this litigation, billions of dollars in risk adjustment payments and collections are now on hold". About 20 million Americans have received health insurance coverage through the program. The Maryland Insurance Administration has a hearing scheduled for July 31.

In its announcement, the CMS reprised arguments it made previous year that navigators, which operate with the annual grants in the 34 states that rely on the ACA's federal insurance exchange, have been ineffective and are less important than they once were: "As the exchange has grown in visibility and become more familiar to Americans seeking health insurance, the need for federally funded navigators has diminished". "ORCRP001017-topic.html" class="local_link" >Anthem Inc. and Cigna Corp., referred to the AHIP statement when asked about the impact of the federal payment interruption. "This comes at a time when the market was looking really strong for 2019, and insurers were coming off a very profitable year".

Payments and collections of risk adjustment payments and charges were scheduled to begin in August. "There is a need to analyze insurers case-by-case and account for their competitive landscapes", said Tinglong Dai, an associate professor of operations management and business analytics at the Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School. Small insurers often complain about risk adjustment payments because they end up paying their larger competitors, who tend to have the sickest patients.

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