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Trump revives proposal to expand association health plans

President to sign executive order allowing purchase of health insurance across state lines after defeat of repeal and replace legislation

Oct. 6, 2017
By Walt Williams

President Donald Trump said he is likely to sign an executive order allowing the purchase of health insurance policies across state lines—a regulatory change that could expand the ability of businesses to access insurance through association health plans.

Trump’s announcement came Sept. 27, not long after Republican leaders acknowledged they once again lacked the votes to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The president responded to the failure by pledging to sign an executive order that would ease restrictions on the sale of insurance policies, although he didn’t provide specifics.

“I am considering an executive order on associations and that will take care of a tremendous number of people when it comes to health care,” Trump told journalists, as reported by Business Insider. “And I’ll probably be signing a very major executive order where people can go out, cross state lines, do lots of things, and buy their own health care.”