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05.22.2017 / Press Release

Trump’s Tactics on Cost Sharing Protections Continue to Destabilize Health Insurance for Families

Washington, D.C. – The Trump administration today asked the U.S. Court of Appeals in DC for a 90-day hold before the Administration announces whether it will continue a cost-sharing program that pays for out-of-pocket expenses for millions of families. This delay comes at the worst possible time as insurers file for 2018 Marketplace rates, and continues to create uncertainty regarding the future of core elements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Insurers continue to warn that this uncertainty will force them to drastically raise premiums or leave the markets altogether.

Following is the statement of Frederick Isasi, executive director of Families USA, on the administration’s court filing.

“Let’s remember this lawsuit is the original sabotage strategy from House conservatives to destroy the ACA. Instead of putting our nation’s families first, the Trump administration continues to hold our health care hostage.

“The right thing to do for American families is to resolve the uncertainty regarding the future of these cost-sharing protections by enacting a permanent legislative fix. The decision to request another delay demonstrates yet again that making coverage affordable for millions of families in America is not a priority. The Trump Administration insists on playing politics with America’s health care, despite countless pleas from families around the country, the insurance industry, and state insurance commissioners asking for a guarantee that these cost-sharing payments be made. It’s time for the President to make his campaign promise true and ensure stable and affordable health insurance, instead of increasing uncertainty for families across the nation.”