"As a result of this litigation, billions of dollars in risk adjustment payments and collections are now on hold", she said.
The idea is to remove the financial incentive for insurers to "cherry-pick" healthier customers.
CMS was referring to a February ruling from a federal court in New Mexico that invalidated the risk adjustment formula, and a January ruling from a federal court in MA that upheld it.
CMS plans to appeal the court's ruling, as the U.S. District Court for the District of MA ruled to uphold the payments. It added that the move comes at a critical time when insurance providers are developing premiums for 2019 and states are reviewing rates.
Insurance companies responded quickly on Saturday with their disapproval.
"This decision will have serious consequences for millions of consumers who get their coverage through small businesses or buy coverage on their own", America's Health Insurance Plans said.
"This action will significantly increase 2019 premiums for millions of individuals and small business owners and could result in far fewer health plan choices", Scott Serota, CEO of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, said in a statement. "It will undermine Americans' access to affordable care, particularly for those who need medical care the most".
"Insurers hate uncertainty, and when faced with it tend to raise premiums to hedge their bets", says Larry Levitt, Senior Vice President at the Kaiser Family Foundation. "And costs for taxpayers will rise as the federal government spends more on premium subsidies".
However, if the administration is trying to undermine ObamaCare, payments might not resume anytime soon, and that could lead to lasting damage.
"We were disappointed by the court's recent ruling," CMS Administrator Seema Verma said in a statement.
But to Rodney Whitlock, Vice President of Health Policy at ML Strategies and former Republican congressional aide, it's not perplexing at all. The move is just the newest in a series of attempts by Trump's administration to disrupt the insurance markets that the Affordable Care Act depends on to function.
Democrats, meanwhile, are seizing on the unexpected action by characterizing it as another example of the administration sabotaging ObamaCare, a key Democratic message heading into the November midterm elections. Last month the Department of Justice decided not to defend the law in a court challenge in Texas, jeopardizing the part of the law that protects people with pre-existing conditions from being denied coverage, as NPR reported.
He's a ideal 21 for 21 in confirming the federal appeals-court nominees of President Trump , with more to come this year. Joe Manchin III (W.Va.) and Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.) - face tough reelection bids this November.
The Ecuadorian delegates acquiesced, and health advocates struggled to find another sponsor for the resolution. The efforts of the U.S. were ultimately unsuccessful, as Russian Federation introduced the resolution.
The EU has been keen to focus minds in Britain. "I can only regret that the idea of Brexit has not left with Davis and Johnson". Since cabinet approval for the plan on Friday, however, he had refrained from public comment.
Turkey also faces a widening current account deficit making it reliant on weak foreign investment to plug the gap. The most intense attention will focus on who will be responsible for foreign policy and the economy.
Top contenders have included federal appeals judges Brett Kavanaugh, Raymond Kethledge, Amy Coney Barrett and Thomas Hardiman. Chief Justice John Roberts to cast a crucial vote in upholding the law when it reached the Supreme Court in 2012.
The lawsuit is just the latest setback for Depp, whose financial woes have played out in the media amid multiple court cases. Brooks is suing for assault and battery, infliction of emotional distress and negligence, among other things.
While in the DMV area, Gal Gadot made a decision to stop by a Children's Hospital to bring some cheer to ailing fans. Director Patty Jenkins released on Twitter a photo of Minerva uncomfortably looking around a natural history museum.
Selena Gomez reunites with David Henrie at Disneyland
The Wizards of Waverly Place ended its four-season run in 2011, just as Selena Gomez shot to superstardom with her singing career. After Gomez made her Fourth of July post, fans flocked to the comments section to post their ecstatic reactions.
England fans smash up an ambulance during celebrations
Millwall Supporters Club has already raised more than £5,000 for the London Ambulance Service damaged in Borough High Street. Pending victory, Gareth Southgate's squad will play either France or Belgium in the final, held on Sunday.
Boris Johnson resigns in major Brexit blow to UK PM Theresa May
Britain and the European Union reach a deal on some key terms of the divorce in early December 2017 after all-night negotiations. The tousle-headed blond Johnson is one of Britain's best-known politicians, and one of the most prominent advocates for Brexit .
Has Spider-Man: Far From Home Just Cast Its J Jonah Jameson?
As previously noted, we're still waiting for confirmation to see if Jake Gyllenhaal has officially joined the cast as Mysterio. On Curb Your Enthusiasm , the comedian often adlibs his dialogue with star Larry David, providing hilarious interactions.
Ethics review sought as ex-coaches at Ohio defend Jordan
The file includes letters from high-ranking university officials congratulating the doctor for various appointments and tenure. If they had, I would have dealt with it. "If this were a "he said, he said" matter, that would be one thing".
Pompeo pushes back against North Korea's "gangster" comment
USA officials claim that the two countries have established working groups to address the details of and implement an agreement. But after two days of theatrical amity in Pyongyang it illustrated the gulf that remains between the two sides.
Three Lions Is Officially Number 1 In The UK
It's not hard to figure out that it's World Cup related, but the origins of the saying actually go back over 20 years. The Three Lions was originally released for the European Championships in 1996 when it topped the charts.