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What Trump’s new executive order means for the ACA and Covered CA

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U.S. President Donald Trump shows an executive order after he signed it as Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), Vice President Mike Pence, Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) and Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta look on during an event in the Roosevelt Room of the White House October 12, 2017 in Washington, DC. Alex Wong/Getty Images

President Trump will release an executive order today that will roll back health insurance rules and requirements, allowing small businesses and potentially consumers to buy “association health plans,” which are cheaper but provide less coverage than health plans under ACA.

According to the administration, this would help people facing soaring premiums. Opponents say that while this might make insurance less expensive for healthy consumers, it will raise prices for people who are sick and will might also lead to insurers abandoning the Obamacare marketplace.

Meanwhile, on Wednesday, Covered California said it will ask insurers to add surcharges to some policies in 2018, because the Trump administration hasn’t pledged yet to pay certain ACA consumer subsidies. Silver-level health plans will face a total premium jump of about 25 percent.

Guest host Libby Denkmann gets the latest on the new order and its potential ramifications, as well as what this might mean for Covered California.

With guest host Libby Denkmann.  


Chad Terhune, senior correspondent at California Healthline and Kaiser Health News; he’s been following the story; he tweets @chadterhune

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