Aug 14, 2017

CBO to release report Tuesday on ACA insurer payments

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The Congressional Budget Office says it will release a report tomorrow afternoon on what would happen if the Trump administration ended the payments to insurers for the Affordable Care Act’s cost-sharing reduction subsidies. Those are the subsidies they have to give to low-income people, but weren’t funded by Congress.

Why it matters: The Trump administration has been paying them on a month-to-month basis, and President Trump has made no secret of the fact that he’d like to stop paying them.

What to watch: CBO is almost sure to say a cutoff of the payments would be damaging, leading to soaring premiums and more unstable markets. But that won’t help solve the basic problem: Congress didn’t fund the payments and isn’t about to do so, and the Trump administration is reluctant to keep paying them without specific funding from Congress.

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