Last week we talked about what would happen if the ACA subsidies went away and how that would affect many individuals who are receiving insurance on the marketplace. There is a second piece to that puzzle—Cost Sharing Reduction payments (CSRs).
The current administration is threatening to stop CSR payments, which go to low income individuals to help offset the cost of copays and deductibles, as early as May 1. One health care provider, Molina, is having none of it. They are threatening to stop providing services if these payments are stopped.
In this case it’s clear that the average patient has no one looking out for them. The Republican-led administration, which should be passing legislation to help protect patients, is deliberately taking actions which will hurt people. So who is looking out for you and me?
At this point a lot of this is bluff, but it doesn’t appear that either Molina or the administration are going to blink soon. So you have to ask yourself, why are they playing chicken with people’s health care and who is going to benefit?