A federal court allowed health insurers to sue
together as a class in challenging the federal government’s failure to pay cost-sharing reduction payments. Judge Margaret Sweeney of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims rejected the federal government’s argument that insurers shouldn’t receive class-action status because their alleged damages would vary, since some insurers were not hurt by the CSR cutoff because they raised premiums to make up for losing the subsidies. As a result, the government paid higher premium tax credits. The judge said no statute prohibits insurers from raising premiums to offset the loss of CSRs.