The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will send health insurers the expected Affordable Care Act cost-sharing reduction subsidy payments due in July, a White House spokeswoman said Wednesday.
“I believe that the decision has been made to make those through this month, and determine beyond that,” Sarah Sanders, a White House press aide, said at a press briefing, according to a briefing transcript provided by the White House. The White House press office later told several publications that HHS will make the cost-sharing reduction payments due through the end of July.
Marc Short, President Donald Trump’s director of legislative affairs, said at the press briefing, however, the Trump believes making program payments may be unconstitutional.
The cost-sharing reduction helps Affordable Care Act exchange plan users with family income from 100% to 250% of federal poverty level pay their health insurance deductibles, co-payments and coinsurance amounts.
Some health insurance policy watchers were predicting that the Trump administration could withhold the program payments that were due today, to block the operation of the subsidy program and increase the odds of getting Affordable Care Act change legislation through Congress soon.
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