Trump Administration Cuts Funding For Obamacare Navigator Program

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Some of Blue Cross Blue Shield's biggest affiliated insurers would be the hardest hit by the Trump administration's decision to freeze more than $10 billion in risk adjustment payments.

In the short term, $10.4 billion in payments tied to the 2017 benefit year, which were scheduled to go to health insurance companies, will not be paid. The ACA also prohibits insurers from rejecting applicants with pre-existing conditions and from charging older people exorbitantly high rates because they are higher financial risks. The industry warned that the government's failure to make the payments would likely push up premium rates on 2019 plans. This is the second round of cuts, after CMS reduced funding for navigators by 41 percent, from $62.5 million, last August, and also cut the budget for Obamacare outreach and advertising by 90 percent. The other two, which were created to last only three years, ended after 2016.

The suspension of risk adjustment payment will also have the effect of destabilizing the ACA marketplace. United States, the administration followed 20 Republican state attorneys general arguing that the ACA's protections for people with preexisting conditions should be invalidated, which would strip health care from 52 million Americans including cancer patients, people with diabetes and pregnant women.

The navigators, Fann added, were needed more in 2013 and 2014 when the marketplaces were in their first years and millions of people who hadn't bought insurance before were considering the health law's new options.

Some co-ops have sued on grounds that the funding formula is unfair to small insurers.

The administration, however, was not compelled to halt the payments on the basis of this ruling.

But in January, in a separate case, a federal district judge in MA upheld the government formula used to calculate the payments. It discourages companies from trying to save money by cherry-picking the healthiest people and kicking others to the curb.

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Verma said her agency, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, is asking the court to reconsider, but until that happens, its hands are tied.

But CareFirst and Kaiser could ask to adjust their rates higher given the Trump administration's decision. During the past year of the Obama administration, 17 navigators enrolled fewer than 100 people at an average cost of $5,000 per enrollee. This gets into the business of insurance products, and that is the bailiwick of agents and brokers.

While the DOJ has argued that only the individual mandate, and not the entire ACA, should be struck down, its refusal to uphold the constitutionality of a current law is highly unusual. Since when did the claims of insurers become a reliable guide to American health care? Pregnancy could be one of these. Last fall President Trump signed an executive order expanding access to association health plans and short-term limited-duration insurance. The Maryland Insurance Administration has a hearing scheduled for July 31. "This is a time when consumers need more help to understand the insurance options that are available to them - not less".

The nonprofit consortium was the largest recipient of federal navigator funds in North Carolina previous year, handling more than $2.4 million to cover the expenses of 219 navigators across the state. Until now, the grants have been used only to help people choose and buy ACA health plans or to help steer people with low incomes toward Medicaid.

Kaiser Health News (KHN) is a national health policy news service. The group includes former Republican Senator Rick Santorum along with representatives from the Goldwater Institute, the Heritage Foundation and the American Enterprise Institute.

Critics deride such plans as "junk insurance". In other words, the Trump Administration position in court is in favor of making the payments. "They're just strangling the program".

All of this increases the risk payers take by participating in a federally sponsored program, and it makes it more hard for payers and providers to reach deals with which all parties are comfortable, he adds.

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