Compensation and Benefits

Insurers press feds to pump billions into shaky ACA markets

The government must shell out billions of dollars if policymakers want to stabilize health insurance markets created by the Affordable Care Act.

That's the message insurers are delivering to a Republican-controlled Congress that is busy dismantling the Obama-era law and may be reluctant to continue propping it up with federal funds.

Major insurers selling coverage in the law's markets say the government has to keep funding cost-sharing payments that reduce insurance expenses for people with low incomes. Those payments, estimated at $7 billion a year, have been challenged by Republicans in court, and President Donald Trump isn't offering any guarantees for that money beyond...