Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

New US Healthcare Order to be Signed This Week?

New US Healthcare Order to be Signed This Week?

But Trump's order would make them closer to an alternative for full health insurance, which could make them an attractive plan for healthy people, which could increase the volume of sicker people on the exchanges.

The White House says Trump will sign the order at 11:15 Thursday morning in the Roosevelt Room at the White House.

Trump's order gives people more access to plans that do not cover essential health benefits such as maternity and newborn care, prescription drugs, and mental health and addiction treatment. During an impromptu news conference, Trump told reporters he was looking to meet with Democrats and "see if I can get a health plan that is better still".

Many state insurance commissioners, both Republican and Democrat, oppose expanding associations because doing so could allow a plan formed in OH that, say, doesn't include protections for preexisting conditions to be sold in IN, and there's nothing in officials can do about it.

Trump said the order was "only the beginning" and that his administration would take additional actions.

The order also loosens restrictions on "short-term" health insurance plans that were created to offer temporary coverage for people who are between jobs, for example.

Trump said he will continue to pressure Congress to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act, better known as "Obamacare".

"To aggressively pursue association health plans is very much an attempt to undermine the markets in the Affordable Care Act", Ginsberg said. But responding to concerns, the White House said participating employers could not exclude any workers from the plan, or charge more to those in poor health.

A White House official said that "employers participating in an association health plan can not exclude any employee from joining the plan and can not develop premiums based on health conditions" of individual employees. And the White House said that such insurance "is not subject to costly Obamacare mandates and rules".

Republicans, despite controlling the White House and both chambers of Congress, have failed since Trump took office to make good on their seven-year promise to repeal Obamacare, which they have called a government intrusion into Americans' healthcare.

"In 2018", it said, "more than 1,500 counties - almost 50 percent of all counties - are projected to have only one option on their individual insurance exchanges".

Trump is aiming to use his executive powers to give more Americans access to cheaper health insurance plans, a key Republican goal. Spurred by the executive order, federal agencies could amend the rules governing these plans so they are no longer subject to state regulation, said health policy experts, speaking before the order was issued.

Goldstein reports that the National Association of Insurance Commissioners warned Congress in February that something like this "would result in less protections for the most vulnerable populations and the collapse of individual markets".

Specifically, the President is directing the Labor Department to study how to make it easier for small businesses, and possibly individuals, to join together and buy health insurance through nationwide association health plans, a senior administration official said Thursday. Instead, the nationwide plans may come under the same federal oversight as large-employer policies.

A decision by Obama appointees in 2011 discouraged the use of association health plans as a substitute for Affordable Care Act policies because officials feared they would be used to circumvent the law's coverage mandates. Those plans are now limited to three months.

But they are generally exempt from the requirements to provide a specified package of benefits and to cover a certain percentage of the cost of covered services.

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