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The Effects of Ending the Affordable Care Act’s Cost-Sharing Reduction Payments

This analysis estimates that total federal spending on Affordable Care Act marketplace subsidies would rise $2.3 billion, or 23 percent, in 2018 if payments for the cost-sharing reduction program were eliminated and insurers increased premiums to compensate. Established to reduce out-of-pocket costs for marketplace enrollees with lower incomes, the cost-sharing payments are being challenged in a lawsuit from the U.S. House.

Why Trump’s Dealmaking Model Doesn’t Fit Health Care Policy

In this column as an Axios contributor, Drew Altman discusses President Trump’s threat to withhold cost sharing subsidies and questions whether his approach to deal making can bridge health care’s partisan and ideological divide. “Health policy is not like real estate,” he says.

JAMA Forum: Is the Affordable Care Act Imploding?

In this April 2017 post, Larry Levitt discusses the current status of the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance marketplaces, and explains how the Trump administration’s choices — including whether to continue cost-sharing reduction payments to insurers — could influence stability of the marketplaces going forward. The post is now available at The JAMA Forum.

A Warning From the Polls About Letting Obamacare “Explode”

In this column for Axios, Drew Altman sees a warning for the Trump administration and Republicans in the latest Kaiser Tracking Poll: the more they do to undermine the Affordable Care Act marketplaces the more the public is likely to hold them, and not the Democrats, accountable for the problems with the law.

Estimates: Average ACA Marketplace Premiums for Silver Plans Would Need to Increase by 19% to Compensate for Lack of Funding for Cost-Sharing Subsidies

A new Kaiser Family Foundation analysis finds that the average premium for a benchmark silver plan in Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplaces would need to increase by an estimated 19 percent for insurers to compensate for lost funding if they don’t receive federal payment for ACA cost-sharing subsidies. Established by…

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