Trump plays hardball with Dems on ObamaCare payments

Trump plays hardball with Dems on ObamaCare payments

The government believes that one of the contributing factors to the high medical claims are consumers who wait until they need health care before enrolling in Obamacare coverage.

But the changes coming from the Department of Health and Human Services may not be enough to stabilize coverage for millions of Americans, health insurance industry experts told the Associated Press. (It exempts certain silver plans for low-income consumers from the change.) So, for example, a bronze plan might cover only 56 percent of costs and silver 66 percent. On April 13 a group led by former Senate Majority Leaders Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) and Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) joined health insurers, medical providers and employer groups in calling for definite funding of subsidies for low-income enrollees through 2018.

Pelosi said Trump's stance on withholding the payments "will increase costs, is a threat to the good health of the American people and a threat to keeping government open".

The specter of losing the cost-sharing reductions has put insurers and consumer advocates on the same side.

"Our position remains unchanged: drop repeal, stop undermining our healthcare system and we will certainly sit down and talk about ways to improve the Affordable Care Act", Schumer said, according to The Hill. The change follows the schedule that would have been in effect for 2019 under the ACA.

The cost-sharing subsidies, estimated at $7 billion year, have been challenged in a court case that's now on hold.

Allowing insurers to require people to pay past-due premiums before enrolling in a new plan with the same insurer the following year.

Under the new rule, 100 percent of those applications would be required to undergo preapproval verification - beginning in June 2017. I don't want people to get hurt ... "Those improvements include tightening up rules for special enrollment periods, greater flexibility in product and benefit design, and simplified administrative processes". Most urgently, health plans and the consumers they serve need to know that funding for cost-sharing reduction subsidies will continue uninterrupted.

Tavenner added that, without funding, millions of Americans who buy their own plans will be harmed. Bronze plans, for example, now must cover an average of 60 percent of costs, while a silver one is 70 percent.

House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone Jr.

Limited fixes to the shaky health insurance marketplaces created by the Affordable Care Act were rolled out by the Trump administration on Thursday.

A Trump administration official said that while the lawsuit is being litigated, the cost-sharing subsidies would be funded.

The open enrollment period for 2018 will be shortened nearly in half under the rule, from November 1 through December 15. While the health law sets a maximum cap per year on such payments, for many people those deductibles are already thousands of dollars annually.

The proposed change aims to discourage people from gaming the system.

The rule also gives states broader authority by removing the federal government's role in overseeing doctor and hospital networks included in insurance plans. "Some states haven't done much with it", Jost said.

So it wasn't that long ago that health insurers could deny someone coverage if they had a pre-existing condition. In response, the Obama administration tightened some of these requirements previous year and announced it would run a pilot program starting this summer to randomly select half of all special enrollment applicants for verification review, holding up the applicant's insurance coverage until they provide the proper documentation.

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