In February, however, the federal district judge in New Mexico issued a decision voiding the formula used in calculating risk adjustment payments for the 2014-2018 benefit years.
"So much uncertainty put in the market at this point of time is very unnerving", said Ritu Agarwal, senior associate dean of research at the University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business, who follows the health care system.
The administration argued in its announcement that its hands were tied by conflicting court rulings in New Mexico and MA.
"As a result of this litigation, billions of dollars in risk adjustment payments and collections are now on hold", CMS Administrator Seema Verma said in the agency's statement. Another court in MA had upheld the program in January. With premium increases on the horizon, they expected what has been a volatile market to stabilize. The CMS makes risk-adjustment payments to insurers to help encourage them to participate in the marketplace and offset the costs of enrolling more expensive - high risk - people in insurance pools. "It will undermine Americans' access to affordable coverage, particularly for those who need medical care the most".
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"What you have to keep in mind is ultimately the intent of the administration", Whitlock says.
FILE PHOTO: A man fills out an information card during an Affordable Care Act outreach event hosted by Planned Parenthood for the Latino community in Los Angeles, California September 28, 2013. However, under Obamacare, insurance companies can not charge higher premiums, or even deny coverage, to clients with pre-existing conditions. Last year, the administration halted important subsidies for insurers.
But the administration isn't just making it more hard for people to enroll in Obamacare.
The administration "has asked the court to reconsider its ruling, and hopes for a prompt resolution that allows (the government) to prevent more adverse impacts on Americans who receive their insurance in the individual and small group markets", she said.
Rumors that the Trump administration would freeze payments were circulating late last week.
Serota noted that the payments are required by law, and said he believes the administration has the legal authority to continue making them despite the court cases.