Trump administration to halt another ACA insurer program

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The Trump administration will suspend the ACA's risk adjustment. Photo: Karen Bleier/AFP via Getty Images

The Trump administration may suspend a permanent Affordable Care Act program that prevents health insurance companies from cherry-picking healthy people in the individual marketplaces, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Why it matters: If the government halts the program, called risk adjustment, at a minimum insurers that were expecting payments would hike ACA premiums to make up for big losses. But it also could "inject chaos and uncertainty into the individual insurance market," according to Larry Levitt of the Kaiser Family Foundation, if insurers decide to quit next year.