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WASHINGTON — The White House on Wednesday pledged to continue payments critical to the success of Affordable Care Act exchanges, Politico reports. The pledge will come as a relief to insurers and providers after the administration’s earlier indication that it might withhold payments as a bargaining chip in this week’s budget negotiations.

The “cost-sharing subsidies,” which congressional Republicans have long contended the Department of Health and Human Services is not authorized to make, subsidize insurers who offer lower premiums on state exchanges.

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