Bob Atlas Quoted in “Insurers Brace for Possible Absence of Critical Cost-Sharing Payments”

Market Intelligence

Bob Atlas, a Strategic Advisor and President of EBG Advisors, Inc., in the firm’s Washington, DC, office, was quoted in Market Intelligence, in “Insurers Brace for Possible Absence of Critical Cost-Sharing Payments,” by David Hood.

Following is an excerpt:

But whether the Trump administration can legally withhold the payments has become the centerpiece of an ongoing debate.

The matter at hand is whether the payments are between appropriations and authority, said Bob Atlas, president of EBG Advisors, the consulting arm of the Washington, D.C.-based Epstein Becker & Green law firm.

“In legislative speak, there are authorizations and appropriations,” Atlas said. “What we have here is an authorization of a sort but not an appropriation. And since this was a matter of dispute, it is at a head.”

The administration of President Barack Obama felt that it was right to make the payments, and the Trump administration has approved the payments too in the past, Atlas said.