Trump administration slashes grants to help Americans get Affordable Care Act coverage

Trump administration freezes billions of dollars in payments to Obamacare insurers

Trump administration freezes billions of dollars in payments to Obamacare insurers

"Longer-term, I think that the administration's walk-back of risk-adjustment payments penalizes those payers that did, in fact, attempt to enroll participants without bias to health status, and unfortunately it also rewards those payers that for whatever reason made a decision to play it that much safer and do their best to recruit healthy individuals", Abrams says. "We're now in the midst of the 2019 rate-filing process and it's not clear how the risk-adjustment program will be operating", said Cori Uccello, senior health fellow at the American Academy of Actuaries. In January a federal court in MA ruled the formula wasn't arbitrary and capricious.

President Trump drastically slashed funding for the grassroots groups and nonprofits during his first year in charge of the program - from about $62 million under President Obama to $36 million.

One of the great ironies of the Affordable Care Act is that progressives wanted to stick it to the insurers and instead have enriched them with new business. "And costs for taxpayers will rise as the federal government spends more on premium subsidies", AHIP said in a statement.

The idea behind the program is to remove the financial incentive for insurers to "cherry pick" healthier customers. Almost 9 in 10 people buying coverage on the ACA exchanges qualify for federal subsidies based on their incomes, and the amount those subsidies rose past year because of an increase in silver-plan premiums. These are people who are not going to go to an insurance agent or broker.

Navigator groups that have helped people sign up for health insurance since Obamacare coverage began in 2014 said the funding cuts will be hard to absorb.

Also last month, the Trump administration announced it was releasing rules making it easier for small businesses and self-employed individuals to buy insurance plans that do not comply with Obamacare's regulations.

Since President Trump took office, his administration has waged an all-out attack on Americans with pre-existing conditions. 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 agencies in a statement said that they were seeking legal redress and understanding and will be informing all the involved participants of any bring up-to-date information regarding the current collections or future payments at the right time. This is another act of sabotage by the administration. The government uses a similar approach with Medicare private insurance plans and the Medicare prescription drug benefit. The Department of Health and Human Services is finishing another rule that will broaden the use of short-term insurance plans, originally intended as a brief bridge for people between jobs.

The federal government forms for applying for health coverage are seen at a rally held by supporters of the Affordable Care Act, widely referred to as "Obamacare", outside the Jackson-Hinds Comprehensive Health Center in Jackson, Mississippi, U.S. on October 4, 2013.

Medicaid provides free health insurance to an estimated 74 million low-income people, while SNAP provides food-purchasing assistance to roughly 44 million Americans.

There has been no demonstrable outrage from leading Democrats on Trump's intensifying campaign to transform Medicaid into a cut-rate voucher program or other aspects of the administration's crusade against the poor and dismantling of what remains of the social safety net.