sonia sotomayor "Theseholdings reflect a principle as old as the nation itself: Thegovernment should honor its obligations," Supreme Court JusticeSonia Sotomayor wrote. Credit: Diego M. Radzinschi/ National LawJournal.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday revived claims from insurersfor billions of dollars in payments under a provision of theAffordable Care Act that established risk management protections toencourage companies to participate in the market.

The justices, ruling  8-1 against the Trumpadministration, said the U.S. government had an obligation to make$12 billion in payments under the so-called "risk corridor"program, a scheme that was designed to provide protections forinsurers who claimed losses for participating in the centerpiecehealth exchanges set up by the Affordable Care Act.

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