President Donald Trump told the head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Seema Verma to deny a request by Iowa to fix their Affordable Care marketplace. The Washington Post reports that Iowa sought federal p ermission for months to fix their healthcare market. Following their wait for approval, the Trump administration summarily denied their request.
The Trump administration has attempted to sabotage other states as well.
“In Ohio, the Trump administration has already inflicted the damage,” said Lisa Hamler-Fugitt, executive director of the Ohio Association of Foodbanks. After its nearly $1.7 million enrollment-assistance grant was cut 72 percent last month, the group decided it no longer could effectively participate. “We are past the point of no return on this,” Hamler-Fugitt said.
The Trump administration is open about its contempt for the Affordable Care Act and are eager to see it fail.
HHS has told its regional administrators not to even meet with on-the-ground organizations about enrollment. The late decision, which department spokesman Matt Lloyd said was made because such groups organize and implement events “with their own agenda,” left leaders of grass-roots organizations feeling stranded.
Health and Human Services Spokesman Matt Lloyd spoke on the record.
“Obamacare has never lived up to enrollment expectations despite the previous administration’s best efforts,” Lloyd said in an email last week. “The American people know a bad deal when they see one, and many won’t be convinced to sign up for ‘Washington-knows-best’ health coverage that they can’t afford.”
The Trump administration is cutting funding for a program that helps people afford health insurance.
But, Verma added, the federal government also would cut $369 million in funding for a separate program aimed at residents who earn between 138 percent and 200 percent of the federal poverty level and don’t qualify for the same subsidies.