Health Insurance Providers Fee hurting states

A loophole in the Affordable Care Act's Health Insurance Providers Fee appears to benefit payers at the expense of state governments, the Associated Press reported. The fee is meant to pay for the ACA's expansion of coverage, based on the notion that payers can afford it because they gain more customers. To cover the fee, insurers have raised prices for insurers, small businesses and, as it turns out, Medicaid programs. State governments not only lose 54 cents for every $1 of the insurance tax, the AP pointed out; they must also cover the cost when insurers file their state tax returns, since the tax is not deductible. Article