Key Highlights of Trump's Executive Order

President Trump has signed an executive order calling upon the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to consider, among other things, expanding access to Association Health Plans, which could potentially allow employers to form groups across state lines.  Until further guidance is issued or legislation is signed, however, all current ACA requirements remain in effect, including penalties for noncompliance.
 
Key Highlights
 
  • Association Health Plans (AHPs): The executive order directs the DOL to consider adopting a broader interpretation of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), which could potentially allow employers in the same line of business anywhere in the country to join together to offer health insurance coverage to their employees.
  • Short-Term, Limited Duration Insurance (STLDI): The executive order directs federal agencies to consider ways of expanding coverage through low-cost STLDI, which is not subject to certain ACA rules.  The tri-agencies are being asked to consider updating rules on short-term limited duration insurance to allow plans to last as long as 12 months and be renewable. These policies are not required to follow several of the ACA mandates, including covering Essential Health Benefits (EHBs), prohibiting annual limits, offering coverage for pre-existing conditions or ensuring Medical Loss Ratios (MLRs) are met. Currently, these policies can only be sold for periods of three months or less and cannot be renewed after a total of three months.
  • Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs): The executive order directs federal agencies to consider changes to the rules regulating HRAs so that employers can make better use of these arrangements for their employees.  The Administration specifically focused on three HRA rules it wants the agencies to consider modifying: making employer HRA contributions tax deductible, allowing HRA funds to be used for premium reimbursement, and allowing HRAs to be used in conjunction with non-group coverage.
For more information on this executive order, click here.
 
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