Indecision on ACA Cost-Sharing Reduction Payments Creates Confusion for States

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<p>Despite promising to give states more control over their health insurance markets, the Trump administration has so far offered only uncertainty. In particular, state officials are struggling to finalize 2018 premiums by the end of this month in the face of continued White House indecision over whether to reimburse insurance companies for Affordable Care Act cost-sharing reduction (CSR) plans, which make it easier for low-income Americans to afford their marketplace coverage. </p><p>As Georgetown University’s Sabrina Corlette and Kevin Lucia explain in a new <em>To the Point</em> post, state insurance commissioners have given insurers different directives. For example, some states have required or allowed insurers to assume they won’t be reimbursed for CSR plans in 2018, while others are asking for two sets of rates — or not providing any directives. </p>
<p>In all states, these premium decisions will affect whether insurers continue to participate in the ACA marketplaces. They will also determine how much marketplace consumers — and federal taxpayers — ultimately pay. </p> Read the post