Following an executive order by President Trump last fall, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services proposed a new rule that would make it easier for consumers to purchase short-term insurance plans. The rule would reverse the Affordable Care Act’s restrictions on these plans, leaving consumers vulnerable to higher costs and weaker protections.
For the last several months, Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA) have been negotiating a bipartisan fix for some of the Affordable Care Act’s challenges. On October 17, they announced the product of their negotiations, the Bipartisan Health Care Stabilization Act of 2017. The legislation is an exciting step forward for the future of health care and a strong show of bipartisanship.
Congress has tried to repeal it, the Trump Administration has sabotaged it, but the Affordable Care Act is still the law of the land. The administration dramatically cut enrollment advertising and assistance funding, so the faith community is stepping up to help let people know that there are affordable insurance options available on the marketplace.