A U.S. Court of Federal Claims judge today backed efforts by Moda Health Plan Inc. to collect about $200 million in Affordable Care Act risk corridors program payments from the United States of America.

Judge Thomas Wheeler granted partial summary judgment in favor of the Portland, Oregon-based insurer. He said the federal courts have the authority to get the cash for the risk corridors program payments from the federal Judgment Fund.

Wheeler ruled that Moda Health has an implied-in-fact contract with the risk corridors program. He blasted the idea that the government has the right to refuse to make the risk corridors program payments because Congress changed program funding rules a year after the program managers had already described the terms of the arrangement to participating insurers.

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Allison Bell

Allison Bell, ThinkAdvisor's insurance editor, previously was LifeHealthPro's health insurance editor. 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 at [email protected] or on Twitter at @Think_Allison.