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Kasich, Hickenlooper reach deal on ObamaCare markets

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Kasich, Hickenlooper reach deal on ObamaCare markets

Govs. John Kasich of Ohio (R) and John Hickenlooper of Colorado (D) announced Monday that they have reached an agreement on a bipartisan proposal to stabilize ObamaCare markets.

The governors, who have been calling for bipartisanship on healthcare in a series of recent interviews, are not yet releasing the details of their stabilization plan.

They are first going to seek support from other governors in both parties that joined them on a letter rejecting Congress’s ObamaCare repeal efforts last month.

Kasich and Hickenlooper said they hope to release details later this week.

Kasich and Hickenlooper said last week that their plan could include funding key ObamaCare payments known as cost-sharing reductions (CSRs), which President Trump has threatened to cancel. 

Another aspect of the plan, they said, could be a program to provide funding to bring down premiums by helping insurers cover the costs of the sickest enrollees, an idea known as reinsurance. 

Kasich also mentioned easing up on the healthcare law’s mandate for employers to provide coverage so that the mandate would only apply to companies with workers. 

Hickenlooper is slated to testify along with other governors at a Senate Health Committee hearing on ObamaCare stabilization next week. 

Similar ideas, especially the funding of CSR payments, are in discussion in the Senate Health Committee, along with a bipartisan group in the House known as the Problem Solvers Caucus.

Kasich and Hickenlooper have been doing a range of joint appearances. Kasich on Sunday batted down reports that the pair could be considering running on a bipartisan ticket for the White House in 2020.   

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