On Oct. 12, 2017, President Donald Trump signed an executive order intended to change certain rules under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The order would relax regulations on association health plans. This change could allow individuals and small businesses to purchase health insurance policies across state lines and avoid certain ACA requirements. The executive order also directs the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and the Treasury (Departments) to consider expanding the availability of low-cost short-term, limited-duration insurance and health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs).
An executive order is a broad policy directive that directs federal agencies to consider new regulations or guidance to implement the order’s policies. The order does not make any changes to existing regulations. As a result, the executive order’s specific impact will remain largely unclear until agencies can issue further guidance.
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