President Donald J. Trump signs the Executive Order to Promote Healthcare Choice and Competition | October 12, 2017 (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)

 

WASHINGTON, District of Columbia- President Donald J. Trump  says he is taking action to increase the healthcare choices for millions of Americans, potentially allowing some employers to join together across State lines to offer coverage. The order directs the Secretary of Labor to consider expanding access to Association Health Plans (AHPs), which could potentially allow American employers to form groups across State lines.

The order also directs the Departments of the Treasury, Labor, and Health and Human Services to consider expanding coverage through low cost short-term limited duration insurance.

Additionally, the order directs the Departments of the Treasury, Labor, and Health and Human Services to consider changes to Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs) so employers can make better use of them for their employees.

The president says Obamacare is failing.

The White House confirmed it is cutting subsidies that totaled about $7 billion this year to  cost-sharing reductions, which helped eligible consumers afford their deductibles and other out-of-pocket expenses.

“The status quo is not delivering quality healthcare options for the American people, who are facing higher premiums and fewer options,” he said.