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Trump Admin. Position on Healthcare Subsidies Undecided

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HHS Secretary Tom Price (AP Photo/Ron Sachs)

By    |   Tuesday, 11 Apr 2017 06:48 PM

The Trump administration has yet to decide whether it will continue to pay subsidies to health insurance companies under the Affordable Care Act, The Hill reported.

"The administration is currently deciding its position on this matter," Department of Health and Human Services spokeswoman Alleigh Marre wrote to The Hill in an email.

The administration said Monday it was willing to continue the payments, per The New York Times, but the HHS issued a statement Tuesday calling that information "inaccurate."

House Republicans in 2014 filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration, saying the payments were illegal because Congress never authorized them. A federal judge ruled in their favor in 2016, but the Obama administration appealed. The case has been stuck in limbo since the House in November asked the court to pause the suit in hopes the incoming administration would quickly unwind the ACA.

The subsidies help low-income people pay for their out-of-pocket healthcare costs.

Insurers have asked for a definitive answer, as they want to make their decision on whether they will participate in the Healthcare Marketplace in 2018.

"This is something we need to resolve in the next 30 days," Marilyn Tavenner, CEO of America's Health Insurance Plans, testified to Senators in mid-February. "It is very important to the stability of the individual market."

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