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Trump Health Chief Defends Suspending Obamacare Payments

The Trump administration is bound by a federal court decision to suspend billions of dollars in Obamacare payments, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma said Thursday. "We really are in a tough spot," Verma told reporters. "I think that there's been a lot of discussion about whether the Trump administration is making a decision. We're not making a decision. The court has told us what to do here … at the end of the day, we have to abide by the court's ruling." In a surprise announcement last week, the administration said it had suspended $10.4 billion in "risk adjustment" funding that is supposed to be paid to insurers to help them provide coverage to particularly sick and costly enrollees. (Nathaniel Weixel, The Hill)

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