"The Trump administration's suspension of risk adjustment payments is just the latest attempt to undermine health care for millions of consumers across the country, including about 270,000 people enrolled in Washington state's individual market".
It also said last year's cuts had minimal impact, as year-over-year enrollment dipped slightly, to 11.8 million from 12.2 million, and that navigators enrolled less than 1 percent of HealthCare.gov customers overall.
In past years, CMS announced funding opportunities in April and required navigator groups to apply for grants by mid-June.
CareSource, which will offer insurance in 79 of Indiana's 92 counties in 2019, would have gone from being a net receiver of money from the pool to paying about $16 million a year to other insurers - that is, until the freeze went into effect.
CMS will provide a minimum of $100,000 in each of the states that operate a federally-facilitated exchange (FFE).
The most radical plan drafted by congressional Republicans last year-known as the Graham-Cassidy bill after two of its authors, Lindsey Graham (South Carolina) and Bill Cassidy (Louisiana)-would basically eliminate the ACA's private insurance marketplaces as well as Medicaid expansion, replacing them with lower-funded state block grants with few strings attached. These limited benefit plans will compete directly with the comprehensive insurance on the exchanges, and navigators will be forced to sell consumers on them.
CMS stopped the payments after a federal court found the formula used to calculate them flawed earlier this year. In North Carolina, which has consistently had the nation's highest enrollments, the navigator budget will be cut by 85 percent - from $3.4 million to $500,000.
As for the priority given to applicants that help spread the word about non-ACA health plans, Edwards said: "It's inappropriate. It is not the bailiwick of community organizations" that are expressly forbidden under the navigator program's rules to recommend any particular health plans. It's a smaller pot of money with more competitors. It listed "chambers of commerce, small businesses, trade associations, and faith-based organizations".
Papa John's to remove founder's image from ads
The contract states that there are a few ways for the stadium's name to change, both relying on action from Schnatter. For the first three months of this year, Papa John's said a key sales figure fell 5.3 percent in North America.
Nevada Postpones Planned Execution Using Fentanyl
The previous challenge, filed a year ago by a different company in Arkansas, was unsuccessful in halting that execution. Dozier repeated his desire to die during recent interviews with the Reno Gazette Journal and Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Microsoft Launches Free Version of Teams, Undercuts Slack
By comparison, the free version of Slack is limited to 10 app integrations, 5GB of file storage and doesn't permit guest access. Earlier, Microsoft had offered the application along with other Office 365 apps such as SharePoint, Yammer and One Drive.