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Seema Verma, the CMS administrator Adopting the changes proposed for 2020 could hurt middle-income consumers, who have to pay the full retail price for exchange coverage and “undermine the limited progress made thus far in stabilizing the market,” Verma wrote. (Photo: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services)

House Democratic leaders have revealed that Seema Verma, the Trump administration official directly in charge of overseeing Affordable Care Act rules and programs, is trying to help people with ACA public exchange plan coverage keep their coverage.

Verma — President Donald Trump’s administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) — predicted in August that some ACA public exchange program changes proposed by other administration officials could cut exchange plan enrollment by about 1 million in 2020 and later years.

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