In the Health Reform Update for this week, temporary spending bills signed by the President push the possibility of a government shutdown until after the midterm elections.
A federal judge rules that Montana Health CO-OP is entitled to be reimbursed through all of 2017 for Affordable Care Act (ACA) cost-sharing reductions terminated by the Trump Administration, potentially allowing insurers to collect more than $2 billion in unpaid obligations.
The California governor signs legislation outlawing short-term health plans after the Trump Administration expands their use for up to 364 days. Other signed bills requires that limited-benefit association health plans (AHP) comply with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and prohibiting the Medicaid program from imposing work requirements on newly-eligible enrollees. However, the governor vetoes legislation creating new guardrails for third-party premium assistance providing by charitable foundations like PSI.
Montana and North Dakota become the latest states seeking to mitigate premium increases by creating federally-approved reinsurance programs that compensate insurers for exceptional claims.