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‘We Want The Individual Marketplace To Function,’ Administration Official Says But Remains Vague On Details

The official, who spoke to The New York Times, says President Donald Trump wants to stabilize the marketplace, but wouldn't commit to saying the administration will pay for insurer subsidies or promote enrollment for the next year.

The New York Times: Trump Administration Wants To Stabilize Health Markets But Won’t Say How
A Trump administration official said Wednesday that the administration wanted to stabilize health insurance markets, but refused to say if the government would promote enrollment this fall under the Affordable Care Act or pay for the activities of counselors who help people sign up for coverage. The official also declined to say whether the administration would continue paying subsidies to insurance companies to compensate them for reducing deductibles and other out-of-pocket costs for low-income people. Without the subsidies, insurers say, they would sharply increase premiums. (Pear, 8/30)

In other news from the administration —

Reveal: Empty Seats: Trump’s Top Science Jobs Vacant; Others Tied To Industry
Dozens of federal agencies – overseeing issues from the census to endangered species and the nation’s space program – remain without leaders to advise the White House and cabinet secretaries on science, engineering, health and technology. These officials also are responsible for overseeing the work of agency scientists and billions of dollars in spending on research, education and equipment. (Gertz, 8/30)

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