As legislative efforts to replace or reform the Affordable Care Act (ACA) sputter, President Trump has issued an executive order seeking to expand affordable health insurance choices, “to the extent consistent with law.” While the executive order itself does not modify current ACA statutory or regulatory requirements, it signals the Administration’s intent to:
- Facilitate the purchase of insurance across state lines.
- Promote access “in the near term” to association health plans and short-term, limited-duration insurance (both of which are exempt from certain ACA benefit mandates), and tax-advantaged health reimbursement arrangements.
- Limit “excessive consolidation throughout the healthcare system.”
- Improve consumer access to data regarding healthcare prices and outcomes “while minimizing reporting burdens on affected plans, providers, or payers.”