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The Wall Street Journal: Trump administration to resume ACA payments to insurers

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration said it would resume billions of dollars in payments expected by insurers under an Affordable Care Act program, ending a brief suspension that it had said was necessary because of a judge’s ruling.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which administers the program known as risk adjustment, said late Tuesday it released a rule that offers further explanation for the program’s previously established methodology. The move “allows us to resume the risk adjustment program without delay,” the agency said.

The Trump administration announced July 7 that it was suspending the program, saying the action stemmed from a February decision by a federal judge in New Mexico who ruled that part of the risk-adjustment program’s implementation was flawed and hadn’t been adequately justified by federal regulators.

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