White House Executive Order on Health Insurance Access

October 13, 2017

On Thursday, October 12, 2017, the President signed an Executive Order directing the Departments of Labor, Treasury, and Health and Human Services to work on regulations that could provide health insurance options not currently allowed under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

The Executive Order prioritizes three areas for the Department Secretaries to consider proposing regulation or revising guidance within certain time frames:

  • Association health plans within 60 days
  • Short-term, limited-duration insurance within 60 days
  • Health reimbursement arrangements (HRA) within 120 days

The Executive Order does not direct any specific changes to the ACA. It will be up to the Departments to propose regulations that accomplish the intent of the Executive Order. No changes are expected before the end of 2017.

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