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New report details winners and losers in ACA program

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released its annual report Friday that details how health insurance companies fared in 2016 with two Affordable Care Act programs, called risk adjustment and reinsurance.

The takeaway: Several Blue Cross Blue Shield insurers gained a lot of money through risk adjustment — the permanent program where health plans with less costly, healthier members pay into a pool to offset companies that have sicker, more expensive patients. That implies many Blues plans had sicker enrollees in the ACA's exchanges, or they were more aggressive in coding their members' medical conditions.