While the White House agreed last week to make short-term payments on a key Affordable Care Act subsidy for the month of August, ongoing uncertainty around the long-term health of the individual exchanges could impact employers.

President Trump, who has been sharply critical of the Affordable Care Act, has previously threatened to let Obamacare “implode.” As part of that effort, the Trump administration indicated that it could stop paying cost-sharing reduction payments, billions of dollars in subsidies paid to insurers to help reduce their out-of-pocket costs for low-income plan holders. While the administration said on Aug. 16 that it would make the payments this month, the future of the program — including the fate of payments due this fall — remains unclear.

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