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Supreme Court to review insurers’ Obamacare claims for $12B | Lexington Herald Leader

Supreme Court to review insurers’ Obamacare claims for $12B | Lexington Herald Leader”

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to weigh in on whether the federal government was wrong not to make certain payments to Land of Lincoln health insurance, which collapsed in 2016, leaving almost 50,000 IL residents scrambling for coverage.

Under the risk corridor program, insurers that paid out significantly less in claims on policies sold through the exchanges than they took in from premiums provided some of their gains to the government.

Moda's case will be combined with a similar petition by the Land of Lincoln and Maine Community Health Options.

The court accepted and consolidated three cases brought by insurers who say they upheld their end of the bargain, and Congress must honor the statutory commitment to offset their losses.

Robert Gootee, chief executive of Moda Inc, said he was encouraged that the Supreme Court agreed to hear the case. Insurers that paid out extra were entitled to compensation from the federal government for share of their losses. The law went into effect in January 2014 but at the end of the year, the Republican-controlled Congress made a decision to dial back the payments, claiming they were a bailout for the insurance industry.

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The federal government, however, argued in a brief, that Congress intentionally, and legally, limited risk corridor payments. Originally, the program was not required to pay for itself, but, in a 2015 funding bill, congressional Republicans prohibited the Health and Human Services department from using any of its other resources for the program.

In outcome, the federal government would possibly presumably compensate insurers most effective with the money it nonetheless from insurance corporations that paid no longer as much as they took in from premiums.

America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) President and CEO Matt Eyles said in a statement that insurers need stability from the government. In November 2017, HHS printed statistics indicating that funds from insurers for the three-year duration fell short of claimed funds by $12 billion.

A signal on an insurance retailer advertises Obamacare in San Ysidro, San Diego, California, U.S., October 26, 2017.

Supreme Court to consider cases accusing... Any money recovered through the case would be used to reimburse the state guaranty association as as well as pay any consumer claims that may have exceeded the association's coverage limits, the department said. Co-ops across the country, however, shuttered under financial strain that some say was caused by the lack of full risk corridor payments. The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association also urged the Supreme Court to take up the cases, saying Blue Cross plans across the country are owed almost $5 billion in risk corridor payments. The insurers had previously written off the value of the payments. By enacting the appropriations laws as it did, Congress said that only the first funding source would be allowed, the response states.

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