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Posted by (name unknown) on Oct 13th, 2017 2:06am

President Trump's irresponsible decision to discontinue federal insurance cost-sharing reduction subsidies is a devastating one-two punch coming on the heels of yesterday’s Executive Order that could undermine current consumer insurance protections – Protections that are especially important to older, sicker, and poorer Americans with private or work-sponsored insurance.

These announcements will be particularly disruptive to the Massachusetts healthcare system. The commonwealth has been structuring the upcoming 2018 open enrollment offerings  - now just weeks away - based on some $146 million in previously agreed-to federal support. The declaration that federal subsidies will cease “immediately” means millions of low-income Americans, including 80,000 Massachusetts residents, could find themselves unable to afford their health insurance practically overnight, and under the executive action allowing cross-state insurance sales through association health plans, many more individuals will see their coverage costs skyrocket, even if they have commercial insurance (through a job or otherwise), simply because they are older or have a pre-existing condition like asthma or diabetes.

The President claims he’s thrown these grenades on Obamacare so Congress will “fix it.” That’s like burning down your house so you can renovate your front porch.

Thursday’s Executive Order was correctly criticized by numerous healthcare organizations and stakeholders, including the American Hospital Association, and today Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey joined a lawsuit filed by the Attorney General of California in an effort to prevent the president from cutting off the CSR payments.

MHA stands united with our entire Congressional delegation and state leaders including Governor Charlie Baker in condemning these reckless, destructive moves, and fully supports Healey’s actions. We are thankful to have her as a partner in our mission to deliver the best and safest possible patient care.

By ending federal insurance subsidies for poor patients and weakening insurance protections through the Executive Order, the Trump administration has made Friday the 13th a very unlucky day for the entire nation's healthcare community and anyone who may need care - which is every single American.


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