Individual market endangered by uncertainty over subsidies

Health insurers in most states have until June 21 or sooner to decide whether they will participate in the federally facilitated marketplace exchanges in 2018. In several states, that deadline has already passed without any certainty regarding the future of vital federal funding that helps millions of Americans shoulder the burden of deductibles and co-pays.

Billions of dollars in cost-sharing reductions (CSR) that go to an estimated 7 million patients could be affected unless Congress moves quickly to eliminate “the single most destabilizing factor causing double-digit premium increases for 2018,” according to a group of organizations representing America’s physicians, hospitals, businesses, employers and health insurers.

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