Regulatory Update:

President Trump Signs Executive Order on Health Care


Issued October 13, 2017


SUMMARY
On October 12, 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order that aims to expand choices and alternatives to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and increase competition.


IMPACT

The President’s Executive Order:

  • Directs the Secretary of Labor to consider expanding access to Association Health Plans (AHPs) which would let employers form groups to purchase insurance coverage across state lines. 
  • The order states, “a broader interpretation of the Employee Retirement Income and Security Act (ERISA) could potentially allow employers in the same line of business anywhere in the country to join together to offer healthcare coverage to their employees.”
  • Directs the Departments of Treasury, Labor, and Health and Human Services to consider expanding coverage through short-term limited duration insurance. 
  • Directs the Departments of Treasury, Labor, and Health and Human Services to consider changes to Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs) which are employer-funded accounts that reimburse employees for healthcare expenses. Funds contributed to HRAs would not be counted as taxable income.


To access the official White House Presidential Memorandum click here.

RESOURCES
The Regulatory Administration department of GRS/RHS closely monitors legislative and regulatory notices, and continues to work with Congress, CMS and industry leaders regarding changes in government regulations that may impact patient care and service delivery.