Dive Brief:

  • The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued three new reports on the Affordable Care Act Monday, noting a 20% drop in enrollment during plan year 2017 among those not getting subsidies, and casting the data to make their case that federal and state exchanges and state individual health insurance markets are in turmoil.
  • Subsidized enrollment, which makes up the vast majority of those enrolled in ACA plans, remained steady with a drop of only 3% during the same period.
  • But critics noted the administration’s repeated attempts to undermine the law, including repeal of the individual mandate penalty, pullback of exchange navigators and the expansion of association health plans and short-term, limited-duration insurance, to likely result in skimpier plans and the destabilization of the ACA marketplace.

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