CHA News Article

President Issues Executive Order Related to Health Insurance

Today, President Trump issued an Executive Order directing the Secretary of Labor to consider expanding access to association health plans through a broader interpretation of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, which could allow small businesses anywhere in the country to join together across state lines to offer health care coverage to their employees. Additionally, the order directs the Departments of the Treasury, Labor and Health and Human Services to consider 1) expanding coverage through short-term limited duration insurance plans that would not be subject to Affordable Care Act (ACA) consumer protections and benefit rules, and 2) expanding flexibility and use of health reimbursement arrangements. While the Trump Administration views the Executive Order as taking action to increase health care choices for millions of Americans, the action is viewed by some as a potential threat to the viability of ACA marketplaces. CHA will monitor this action’s impact on the Covered California marketplace and on the broader health care delivery system.