Late last week, President Trump announced the federal government would stop Affordable Care Act subsidies to insurance companies, which the White House argues are illegal.
About 19,000 West Virginians received such subsidies in 2016, with an average monthly saving to their insurance bills of a about $100, according to U.S. Department of Health & Human Services data.
While that’s just a small slice of the overall insurance market, the move has been met with widespread opposition from health advocacy groups. They say it’s an attempt to further destabilize the Affordable Care Act insurance markets.
Kara Lofton sat down with Maggie Elehwany during last week’s West Virginia Rural Health Conference. Elehwany is vice president of government affairs for the national rural health association, and says the loss of subsidies could have a big effect on rural America.
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