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States Called on to Override President’s ACA Order

State insurance commissioners are being urged in a letter written Dec. 14 a by a coalition of leading healthcare groups to take action to counteract an executive order signed by President Donald Trump in October...
January 3, 2018

State insurance commissioners are being urged in a letter written Dec. 14 a by a coalition of leading healthcare groups to take action to counteract an executive order signed by President Donald Trump in October. The executive order sought to ease Affordable Care Act (ACA) rules and open up cheaper insurance plans not in compliance with all of the ACA’s requirements.

The groups warned that healthy people could be drawn to the skimpier, cheaper plans, leading to instability and higher premiums in the market for those who remain. The executive order would allow the cheaper short-term health insurance plans to last a full year instead of only three months. Signers of the letter include the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network; the American Heart Association; and America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP).

Montana’s insurance commissioner recently recommended disciplining a group of insurers and brokers that used “misinformation and deception” to market short-term plans to consumers, and Acting Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner Jessica Altman said her department revoked the licenses of seven agents and brokers for deceptive marketing.

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