States suing to force insurance subsidy payments

WASHINGTON (AP) — State attorneys general say they’ll immediately seek a court order to force the administration to keep paying health insurance subsidies that President Donald Trump has ordered stopped.

The office of California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said he and 18 counterparts will seek a temporary restraining order against the administration Wednesday in federal court in California. The administration would have 24 hours to respond to the demand from the state attorneys general, allowing for a speedy decision by the court.

The so-called “cost sharing subsidies” reimburse health insurers for reducing copays and deductibles for consumers with modest incomes. They’re under a legal cloud because of a suit previously filed by Republican foes of the Obama health care law.

A bipartisan effort in Congress to restore the payments has run into opposition.