Trump administration requests delay in ACA lawsuit: 4 things to know

The Department of Justice and House Republicans have asked a court for further delay in a lawsuit over ACA cost-sharing subsidies, The Hill reports.

Here are four things to know.

1. House Republicans and the DOJ made the request Tuesday, seeking more time to decide whether they want to move forward in the House's lawsuit, according to the report.

2. The lawsuit in question was filed two years ago. In the lawsuit, House Republicans questioned the legality of paying insurers billions of dollars to reduce co-payments for lower-income people. They said the cost-sharing subsidies are illegal because federal lawmakers have not provided a specific appropriation for them, The Hill reports.

3. The request to delay the lawsuit comes amid Republican efforts to repeal and replace the ACA. Republicans have not decided whether they will continue cost-sharing subsidies to keep the ACA's exchange markets from collapsing, according to the report.

4. Tuesday's request gives House Republicans and the DOJ until May 22 to file a status report with the court and establishes 90-day deadlines after that, The Hill reports.

 

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