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Insurance Industry Does Not Receive Administration’s Commitment On ACA Subsidies During Meeting.

The New York Times

(4/18, Abelson, Subscription Publication) reports that during a meeting on Tuesday with CMS Administrator Seema Verma, health insurers pressed the Trump Administration to continue Affordable Care Act subsidies, but were “left with nothing that would dissipate the fog of uncertainty hanging over the industry.” According to some White House officials, President Trump has yet to decide whether to continue paying the subsidies to insurers. Verma’s office said in a statement that “all parties came to the table committed to...focus on long-term solutions that will fix the problems created by the Affordable Care Act.”
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The Washington Post

(4/18, Johnson) reports representatives of the health insurance industry who sought “certainty on the future of federal funds that help lower-income Americans with their out-of-pocket health-care costs got no commitment that they would be paid next year,” according to unnamed sources. A CMS official confirmed this, saying “Verma ‘did not comment’ on the payments, called cost-sharing reductions, at the meeting, and told those gathered that it was a decision to be made by Congress.” Industry officials said Verma urged attendees “to lobby Congress directly.”
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