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CMS Letting Plans Adjust Premiums After News That Trump Is Cutting Off Insurer Subsidies

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“Insurers in the vast majority of states on the federal exchange submitted rates for the upcoming plan year assuming that CSR payments would not be made, so no rate adjustment is needed,” said spokeswoman Caitlin Oakley. Meanwhile, Bloomberg takes a look at the history of the health plans President Donald Trump is supporting through his executive order.

‘We Anticipated This’: Insurers Not Exactly Floored By Trump’s Decision

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It could be hard for insurers to pull their plans off the market for next year, but most companies say they were prepared for the money to evaporate anyway and had baked the contingency into their 2018 premium increases. However, the industry is calling on Congress to fund the payments.

It’s Not Likely Court Will Order Administration To Pay Subsidies, But That Hasn’t Stopped States From Suing

KHN Morning Briefing

Nearly 20 states have sued over President Donald Trump’s decision to stop the insurer subsidies. But, “Forcing an administration to continue making payments when the president believes there is no appropriation, and when Congress believes there’s no appropriation, would be a pretty extreme move by the court,” said Nicholas Bagley, a professor at the University of Michigan Law School.

Podcast: ‘What The Health?’ Let’s Blow It Up

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In this episode of “What the Health?” Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News, Margot Sanger-Katz of The New York Times, Sarah Kliff of Vox and Julie Appleby of Kaiser Health News discuss the Trump administration’s latest efforts to undermine the individual insurance market.