Beginning to do things administratively amid continued holdup on legislative changes.
The Trump administration has taken a first step to reshape Obamacare through its own administrative powers, even as Republicans on Capitol Hill remain stymied over how to repeal and replace the healthcare law, the Washington Examiner reports.
A rule proposed on Wednesday, which would tighten up enrollment and allow plans across all tiers to cover fewer medical expenses, is likely to please health insurers facing deep marketplace uncertainty, and comes on the heels of an announcement Tuesday by major insurer Humana that it’s exiting next year due to heavy losses.
It’s a way for the administration to appease health insurers, who were already struggling with sicker, more expensive marketplace patients than expected and are now unsure about what the marketplaces will look like next year if Congress upends the law.
The 71-page rule proposed Wednesday morning contains a number of measures aimed at discouraging patients from enrolling in coverage only when they need care, and providing some more flexibility for insurers in the plans they can sell.