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An insurance agent helps a person sign up for an ACA health plan. Joe Raedle / Getty Images

Molina Healthcare said Monday that President Trump's decision to end the Affordable Care Act's cost-sharing subsidies for low-income people cost the company $73 million in the final three months of 2017. Molina has since curtailed its participation in the ACA marketplaces for 2018.

Between the lines: The $73 million loss shows the magnitude of Trump's move to stop paying the subsidies to insurers, and indicates Molina had to pay out a lot of medical claims for that subset of enrollees. Centene, another large ACA insurer, recently said it lost $22 million from the nonpayment of cost-sharing subsidies.

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