Administration Halts Some Obamacare PaymentsJuly 9, 2018 |
by Jennifer Hansler, Tami Luhby
The Trump administration announced Saturday that it will temporarily halt billions of dollars in payments under the Affordable Care Act’s risk adjustment program, a move that could shake up insurance markets.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the agency that oversees the program, cited a recent federal court decision that found the formula for calculating the risk adjustment payments to be flawed. In a March 2018 ruling out of New Mexico, US District Court Judge Thomas Browning that the methodology used by the federal government was “arbitrary and capricious” and remanded it back to the agency, according to Lexis Legal News.