- Associated Press - Thursday, August 11, 2016

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) - A Lewiston-based health insurance co-op says it is owed nearly $23 million from the federal government under a program designed to help insurers deal with costs, profits and losses over the first few years of the Affordable Care Act.

Community Health Options filed the lawsuit Monday in federal court. The suit states the co-op is owed money under the “risk corridors” program.

CHO paid $2 million into the risk corridor program in 2014. It says it hasn’t received any money for costs incurred in 2015 after it posted a $31 million loss.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which oversees the health insurance program, didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

It has said payouts would be limited by what’s paid in to the program.

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