Insurers say Trump must do more to stabilize 'Obamacare'

Insurers were generally supportive.

Despite a lengthy debate, Congress has not yet acted on a bill to repeal portions of the Affordable Care Act. The ensuing chaos would collapse the stock of investor-owned plans who were foolish enough step forward to meet this social need and would trigger defaults, bankruptcy and, at a minimum, financial distress for everyone else.

"I think insurers needed a clear signal yesterday", said Larry Levitt, a senior vice president at the Kaiser Family Foundation.

"Health plans and the consumers they serve need to know that funding for cost-sharing reduction subsidies will continue uninterrupted", said Marilyn Tavenner, CEO of America's Health Insurance Plans, a main industry lobbying group.

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Providing an appropriation for CSR payments would permanently take this particular weapon out of Trump's hands - no matter how an underlying lawsuit, over the constitutionality of the Obama administration making the payments without such an appropriation, turns out.

She could not be reached late Thursday for comment on the final version. Deadlines for insurers to file their 2018 plans with regulators are typically in May and June. The family was crushed by medical bills, spending more than half of the income from their family business on premiums, co-insurances and other medical expenses. For most people, they'll just have to check a box that said, yes, I had insurance. The ACHA also allowed insurers to increase the price of insurance for Americans over age 50 to up to 5 times what a younger American would pay.

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

-A shortened sign-up window of 45 days, starting with coverage for 2018.

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Shortening the sign-up period for 2018 by half, lasting from November 1 to December 15. That period "provides sufficient time for consumers to enroll", the administration has said, and would mean all who sign up would have a full year of coverage starting January 1. Additionally, more respondents said they would blame a government shutdown on the Democrats in congress (34%) than on the Republicans in congress (22%) or on Trump (22%).

Numerous changes follow recommendations from insurers, who wanted the government to address shortcomings with HealthCare.gov markets, including complaints that some people are gaming the system by signing up only when they get sick and then dropping out after being treated.

Insurers say "gaming the system" has created an unprofitable mix of healthy and sick customers. That's left them responsible for running Obamacare, even as they debate how to replace it. This would change to 20 percent under the new rules, meaning less coverage would be available to the poor and underserved. They can not be denied coverage, but how does it do that? The rule also says that for marriage, at least one member of the couple would have to prove they had health coverage for at least one day in the two months before their nuptials. The same people who wanted to kill Obama Care did not understand until the push was on that it was the plan that saved them, yes that dreaded, Obama who dared to become President, had kept some of them on the only insurance they have ever been able to get. Last year, for tax year 2015, more people ended up having to pay back tax credits than got additional money, although in most cases, even those who had to pay back tax credits, meaning they got too much, still got a refund overall on their taxes. The bills also will have to escape vetoes by Gov. Steve Bullock, who already rejected one measure that would have authorized doctors, optometrists, dentists and other health care providers to enter into payment agreements directly with their patients. Insurers are allowed wiggle room of plus or minus 2 percent around those averages. For one, it was set to eliminate the requirement for insurers to offer an essential set of health benefits in our insurance. These subsidies pare down high deductibles and copayments for consumers with modest incomes.

Numerous changes announced Thursday follow recommendations from insurers, who wanted the government to address shortcomings with HealthCare.gov markets, including complaints that some people are gaming the system by signing up only when they get sick, and then dropping out after being treated. "Additionally, today's final rule from HHS is noticeably silent on the issue of cost-sharing subsidies, which is the single most important action for market stability". The idea, you see, is that people will spend less overall if they have to spend more out-of-pocket, and if that's too much for them, they can always be put in a slightly subsidized high-risk pool. Those who receive the most generous financial help could expect to be on the hook for $1,700 more if plans next year passed on those costs to consumers.

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WERTHEIMER: Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News, thank you very much.

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