Trumpcare The move will forceinsurers to raise premiums for next year to cover the risk that thestabilizing payments won't get made. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Affordable Care Act insurers are facing a fresh round ofuncertainty that could drive up premiums or push companies to stopoffering coverage through the law, after the Trump administration'slatest move to cut off subsidies meant to help stabilize insurance markets.

On Saturday, the U.S. Centers for Medicare & MedicaidServices said a months-old federal court ruling would force it tosuspend what are known as risk-adjustment payments, worth about $10.4billion for 2017. The payments are part of a program in theAffordable Care Act meant to help balance the insurance marketswhen some insurers inevitably got stuck with sicker, more costlypatients.

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