Insurers See 'Uncertainty' From Trump Administration Payment Halt

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When the ACA was passed in 2010, one of the most important tenets of the law was the rule stating that insurers must accept all patients regardless of their health history.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the federal agency that oversees ACA funding, said in a statement that navigators are inefficient, signing up a fraction of all ACA customers, and unnecessary as the ACA enters its sixth year and the public is increasingly familiar with health insurance.

Three programs in The Affordable Care Act endeavored at minimizing the risk to the insurers as they explored the risky markets. Compare that to agents and brokers who enrolled 42 percent of customers at a cost of just $2.42 per enrollee.

While imperfect, the risk adjustment program "has helped promote market stability over the past five years", Wehrle said. The Trump administration also is seeking to expand the use of short-term health insurance plans that are often less expensive but don't have the same consumer protections as exchange plans. The Trump administration is making it easier for Americans to sign up for these policies, which many experts say will weaken Obamacare by siphoning off younger and healthier enrollees. "ORCRP001017-topic.html" class="local_link" >Anthem Inc. and Cigna Corp., referred to the AHIP statement when asked about the impact of the federal payment interruption.

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"It's time for the navigator program to evolve, which is why we are announcing a new direction for the program today". In January a federal court in MA ruled the formula wasn't arbitrary and capricious. Known as the risk adjustment program, it allocates insurance premium dollars to plans that enrolled higher risk and less healthy members from plans that enrolled lower risk and healthier members.

The Trump White House has been busy separating migrant families and plotting the demise of Roe v. Wade in recent weeks, but don't worry: they haven't forgotten about their quest to make it harder for Americans to obtain adequate health insurance. He warned of "turmoil" as insurers finalize their rates for 2019. Close to half get subsidized private coverage that would be affected by Saturday's Trump administration announcement. The insurers have requested average rate increases for 2019 that range from 18.5 percent to 91.4 percent, depending on the type of plan. "There is a need to analyze insurers case-by-case and account for their competitive landscapes", said Tinglong Dai, an associate professor of operations management and business analytics at the Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School.

According to the America Health Insurance Plans trade group, there is also a high possibility that the premiums for a significant number of health plans will increase due to the market uncertainties involved with the current disruption inflicted on them. "It is important to keep in mind that the original risk adjustment payments are budget-neutral such that for some insurers to win, other insurers have to lose".

Insurers were required to meet a June deadline to say in which in counties they'll sell insurance, as well as which kind of plans - so those are locked in, pending a state review.

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