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A hand holds a dollar Analysis of the CMS report shows that some plan operators could, in theory, get about $2.3 billion in individual major medical risk-adjustment payments for 2017. (Image: Thinkstock)

Officials at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have started a new round of insurer-on-insurer wrestling, by posting preliminary Affordable Care Act risk-adjustment program figures for 2017.

The program is supposed to use cash from the health insurers that end up with healthier-than-average individual and small-group enrollees to compensate the insurers that end up with sicker-than-average enrollees. The program could shift about $3.8 billion of the $75 billion in 2017 individual major medical premium revenue that’s part of the program from one carrier to another, as well as $1.3 billion of the $52 billion in small-group revenue that’s part of the program.

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