A federal judge at the U.S. Court of Federal Claims does not think she can give immediate help to a Lake Oswego, Oregon-based-based health insurer that's seeking more than $21 million in payments from a troubled Affordable Care Act program. But she does think she can rule on whether the program owes the insurer money.

Judge Margaret Sweeney on Tuesday approved some parts of a complaint filed by Health Republic Insurance Company and rejected others. Health Republic was based in Lake Oswego, Oregon. The company began shutting itself down, in part because of concerns about the ACA program payment delays, in October 2015.

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Allison Bell

Allison Bell, a senior reporter at ThinkAdvisor and BenefitsPRO, previously was an associate editor at National Underwriter Life & Health. She has a bachelor's degree in economics from Washington University in St. Louis and a master's degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. She can be reached through X at @Think_Allison.