Insurers receive federal cost-sharing reduction payments for June

Payers selling policies on the ACA exchanges garnered cost-sharing reduction payments from President Donald Trump's administration this month, amid speculation the subsidies —which offset the cost of providing discounted deductibles and copays to low-income ACA enrollees — could end, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Several insurers have cited the uncertainty surrounding the future of the payments as reason for requested double-digit premium hikes and shrinking ACA marketplace participation for the 2018 plan year.

President Donald Trump's administration has authorized the monthly payments since taking office, despite an ongoing lawsuit about the constitutionality of their funding brought by House Republicans against the Obama administration. That lawsuit has been delayed twice.

The CSRs have also been a talking point in Republicans' negotiations to overhaul the ACA. President Trump publicly considered using the subsidies as a bargaining point with Democrats, according to the report.

The GOP's American Health Care Act is expected to allocate $10 billion a year in 2018 and 2019 for the CSRs. 

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