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A new poll by the As­so­ci­ated Press-NORC Cen­ter for Pub­lic Af­fairs Re­search finds that 56% of U.S. adults are “ex­tremely” or “very” con­cerned that many will lose health in­sur­ance if the health over­haul is re­pealed. That in­cludes more than 8 in 10 Democrats, nearly half of in­de­pen­dents, and more than 1 in 5 Repub­li­cans. An­other 45% of Repub­li­cans say they’re “some­what” con­cerned. The poll found that even as few Amer­i­cans want to keep the health law in its cur­rent form, many pro­vi­sions en­joy broad pop­u­lar­ity. The ex­cep­tion: the law’s re­quire­ment that most Amer­i­cans carry health in­sur­ance or face fines.

The Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion says it is pulling back ad­ver­tis­ing to pro­mote Health­Care.gov as open en­roll­ment draws to a close for this year. HHS said in a state­ment that the gov­ern­ment has with­drawn about $5 mil­lion in ads as part of an ef­fort to cut costs. The state­ment said HHS has al­ready spent more than $60 mil­lion to pro­mote sign-ups this year. Call­ing the de­ci­sion “out­ra­geous,” for­mer Health­Care.gov CEO Kevin Couni­han said in a state­ment that the move could keep young, healthy peo­ple from get­ting into the in­sur­ance pool, thereby driv­ing up costs.

A U.S. District Court judge in Texas or­dered the CMS to hold off on a fi­nal rule re­quir­ing dial­y­sis cen­ters that help pa­tients pay pri­vate in­sur­ance pre­mi­ums to dis­close what plans in their re­gion pay for and how that com­pares to Med­i­caid and Medi­care. The CMS is­sued the rule in an at­tempt to stop providers from steer­ing pa­tients el­i­gi­ble for Med­i­caid or Medi­care into pri­vate in­sur­ance as a way to re­ceive higher re­im­burse­ment rates. The rule was set to go into ef­fect Jan. 14, but U.S. District Judge Amos Maz­zant is­sued a tem­po­rary re­strain­ing or­der on the rule un­til he made a de­ci­sion. His or­der, is­sued last week, placed a stay on the CMS rule.

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