Attorney General Becerra Issues Statement After Court Denies Emergency Order to Compel Trump Administration to Continue Subsidy Payments

Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Contact: (415) 703-5837, agpressoffice@doj.ca.gov

While the court declined emergency order, case will move forward    

SACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today issued the following statement after the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California denied an emergency motion filed by California and a coalition of attorneys general to compel the federal government to continue to pay the Affordable Care Act (ACA) cost-sharing subsidies that lower healthcare costs while the case is litigated in court. While the court declined to enter an emergency order, the case will continue, and the States will press for a permanent resolution of their lawsuit to require the Administration to resume making the payments in compliance with the law.    

“The fight for affordable healthcare moves forward,” said Attorney General Becerra. “The actions by the Trump Administration undermine critical payments that keep costs of healthcare affordable for working families. The judge made clear in his ruling that the ACA is the law of the land. Without an emergency order halting the Trump action, swift action in this litigation becomes even more compelling.”

Attorney General Becerra is leading a coalition of attorneys general from 18 states and the District of Columbia in suing the Trump Administration over its abrupt decision to terminate the ACA’s cost-sharing subsidy payments. More than six million Americans benefit from the cost-sharing subsidies. Without the funds, millions stand to lose their health insurance coverage or pay increased out-of-pocket charges for their health insurance.

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