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California tells insurers to charge higher rates if ACA subsidies aren't paid

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California's Affordable Care Act marketplace says insurers should charge higher premiums if the fate of the ACA's cost-sharing subsidies isn't clear by mid-August, California Healthline reports. The marketplace had asked insurers to submit a second, higher set of rates as a backup in case the Trump administration and Congress don't decide whether to continue reimbursing insurers for the subsidies.

Why it matters: It's more evidence that ACA rate increases will be even higher if the administration and Congress don't resolve their dispute over the subsidies.