In the Health Reform Update for this week, the Trump Administration proposes to return to the definition of short-term health plans applied prior to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), despite the predicted spike in premiums for persons with costly conditions. The new rule would allow limited-benefit plans that do not comply with ACA consumer protections if they expire in less than one year.
At least 20 Republican Attorneys General renew their effort to have the entire ACA declared unconstitutional following the Congressional repeal of the law’s individual mandate. Several more Republican-controlled states push for Medicaid to add work requirements on “able-bodied” adult enrollees while Democratically-controlled states continue to consider their own versions of the ACA’s individual mandate. The Wisconsin legislature approves the Governor’s plan to seek federal approval to become the fourth state to create a reinsurance program compensating insurers for exceptional claims.