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California seeks to force federal government to pay October insurance subsidies

By Mark Iandolo | Oct 24, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced a motion Oct. 18 to force the government to continue paying insurance subsidies that millions of Americans use to help lower out-of-pocket medical costs.

The Affordable Care Act mandates that the government pay cost-sharing subsidy payments every month. The Trump administration allegedly refused to make the October payments.

“This is no longer about a campaign promise or a punchline," Beccera said. "The Trump administration is willingly breaking the law by refusing to make required payments that keep health care affordable for millions of Americans. It is taking active steps to sabotage the Affordable Care Act. 

“No one deserves to live with this imposed medical uncertainty. The cost-sharing subsidy payments protect Americans from being a paycheck away from bankruptcy. Nineteen attorneys general from California to Pennsylvania refuse to stand for this administration’s repeated efforts to ignore the rule of law and deny Americans access to basic healthcare.”

Becerra is joined by the attorneys general from Kentucky, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Oregon, North Carolina, Illinois, New York, Vermont, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Minnesota, New Mexico, Washington, Iowa and the District of Columbia.

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