WHITE HOUSE CONTINUES PAYMENTS TO INSURERS UNDER OBAMACARE
By: IFAwebnews Staff
Posted: April 27, 2017
The White House is telling lawmakers that it intends to continue making Obamacare payments to insurers that reduce out-of-pocket costs for low-income enrollees, but has not made a final decision about future commitments, according to a White House official.
President Trump previously suggested that he might withhold the funds as a way to bring Democrats into healthcare negotiations. Some Democrats were planning to include them as part of a government spending bill due Friday, while others said the Trump administration needed to allow for the funding to continue and disputed that Obamacare allowed for the payments without congressional appropriation.
The payments, called cost-sharing reduction subsidies, reduce out-of-pocket medical expenses for low-income customers who buy coverage on the Obamacare exchanges. Their future is uncertain because House Republicans brought a lawsuit against the Obama administration, saying they had been illegally distributed.
A federal judge sided with the House and the Obama administration appealed the ruling, but the case has been delayed amid ongoing healthcare negotiations.
Read the full story at the Washington Examiner: White House to fund insurance payments
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