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October 11, 2017

Trump to expand association health plans

  • A different option also under consideration would loosen restrictions on “short term” insurance plans, which generally have limited benefits and limited duration.
    Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — The White House is finalizing an executive order that would expand health plans offered by associations to allow individuals to pool together and buy insurance outside their states, a unilateral move that follows failed efforts by Congress to overhaul the health care system.

    President Donald Trump has long asserted that selling insurance across state lines would trigger competition that brings down premiums for people buying their own policies. Experts say that's not guaranteed, partly because health insurance reflects local medical costs, which vary widely around the country.

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