- Seven major healthcare organizations, including the American Hospital Association, the American Medical Association and America's Health Insurance Plans, as well as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce urged the President Donald Trump administration and Congress "to take quick action to ensure [cost-sharing reductions] are funded" in a letter sent on Wenesday.
- "The most critical action to help stabilize the individual market for 2017 and 2018 is to remove uncertainty about continued funding for cost sharing reductions (CSRs)," the letter states.
- Many of the major healthcare lobbying groups made clear what they want from Trump and Congress over the individual insurance market: A piece of mind that the subsidies will be funded.Whether or not the HHS will continue to pay CSRs to insurers in light of House v. Price (formerly known as House v. Burwell) has been a bit unclear. The administration finds itself in a quandary with the lawsuit. Congressional Republicans had challenged the Obama administration in court over the legality of CSRs. Last year, a judge ruled in favor of the Republicans, but the Obama administration filed an appeal to reverse the decision and was allowed to continue the payments while the appeal is still in process. The suit began with Democrats in charge of the executive branch and with Republicans now in control, they need to decide how to proceed with the appeal while also working on healthcare reform.
Major healthcare lobbying groups urge Trump, Congress to fund ACA subsidies | Healthcare Dive