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October 16, 2017

White House Works To Undo Major Affordable Care Act Provisions

Last Thursday, President Donald Trump signed an executive order (EO) expanding the availability of Association Health Plans (AHPs) and creating a possible a pathway for the sale of health insurance across state lines through AHPs. As The Wall Street Journal explains, the EO also “direct[s] federal agencies to allow the sale of cheaper, less comprehensive health plans that are exempt from” Affordable Care Act requirements. A White House summary of the EO can be found here. The National Association of Manufacturers provides a summary of the president’s new policy here.

Also last week: President Trump announced that he would cut the cost-sharing subsidies to individuals and families who buy Affordable Care Act health care plans. Those subsidies were worth an estimated $7 billion.