Trump administration touts skimpier health care plans


National News

October 23, 2018 - 11:30 AM

A new Trump administration proposal could make it easier for states to deregulate their insurance markets. (Andrew Harrer / Bloomberg)

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration Monday took new steps to broaden the availability of health plans that don’t have to cover patients’ pre-existing medical conditions, signaling that the federal government would support state proposals to promote more sales of these skimpier plans.

Administration officials billed the move as a way to give more choice to consumers who are struggling with expensive health insurance.

“Now states will have a clearer sense of how they can take the lead on making available more insurance options,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, who has championed a host of efforts to loosen health insurance regulations established through the Affordable Care Act.

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