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Office of the Vermont Attorney General

Vermont Attorney General Continues to Defend the ACA

October 19, 2017

CONTACT: Benjamin Battles, Solicitor General, 802 595 8679

19 Attorneys General file Motion to Compel the Federal Government to Uphold the Law

Vermont Attorney General TJ Donovan filed a motion with 19 attorneys general that compels the Federal Government to pay cost-sharing subsidy payments required by the Affordable Care Act. Millions of Americans rely on these subsidies to lower the out-of-pocket costs in their insurance plans. Last week, the Trump Administration decided to end the October subsidy payments.

The Affordable Care Act’s mandatory cost-sharing subsidy payments help working families access more affordable healthcare coverage. The subsidies help individuals with incomes between $11,880 and $29,700 enroll in plans with lower deductibles, copayments or coinsurance, reducing their out-of-pocket costs.

Attorney General TJ Donovan and the coalition of attorneys general sued over the decision to end the cost-sharing subsidy payments by the October monthly deadline. More than six million Americans and over 12,000 Vermonters benefit from the cost sharing subsidies. The Vermont healthcare system will lose approximately $12 million annually. A copy of the motion as filed can be found here.

Last modified: March 12, 2018