Wednesday, June 20, 2018

AG's Sue Over Trump Health Plans Skirting ObamaCare Requirements

New York and Massachusetts will Sue the Trump Administration over its Expansion of Health Insurance Plans that don't meet All of ObamaCare's Requirements. New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood (D) and Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey (D) argue the Expansion of Association Health Plans will "invite fraud, mismanagement and deception."

"We will sue to safeguard the protections under the Affordable Care Act and ensure that all families and small businesses have access to quality, affordable health care," the Attorneys General said in a Statement Wednesday. "We believe the rule, as proposed, is unlawful and would lead to fewer critical consumer health protections."

The Administration finalized a Rule Tuesday expanding the Plans, which allow Small Businesses and other Groups to Band together to Buy Health Insurance. The move is part of a Broader Trump Administration effort to Expand Access to Cheaper Plans as an Alternative to ObamaCare Plans.

The Plans are Cheaper because they are Not Required to cover ObamaCare's 10 Essential Benefits, which include Hospitalization, Maternity Care, and Prescription Drug Coverage.

Democrats strongly Oppose the Expansion of Association Health Plans, calling them "Junk" Insurance that will not meet People's needs and will cause Premiums to Rise for those Remaining in ObamaCare Plans, once some Healthier People are siphoned off into the New Plans.

Administration officials say these so-called Association Health Plans, or AHPs, will provide a more Affordable Option for Americans who don’t get Health Coverage through an Employer or a Government Health Program such as Medicare or Medicaid. AHPs promote the Sale of Skimpier Health Insurance, finalizing a New Rule that would make it easier for Individuals and Small Businesses to Band together to get Plans that don’t offer a Full Set of Health Benefits.

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that 4 Million People could Join the New Association Health Plans, based on the Proposed Regulation offered in January. As a result of these New Plans, and a separate Trump Administration Proposal to Open up other Options known as Short-Term Plans, Premiums for People remaining in the ObamaCare Market will Rise 2% to 3%, the CBO estimated.

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