On Thursday, twelve Democratic Attorneys filed a lawsuit against the Trump Administration in an effort to block the association health plan rule that the Trump Administration had proposed. The final version of the association health plans last Tuesday and are meant to encourage healthy individuals to look for cheaper health coverage options, which could ultimately lead to those individuals skipping health coverage completely. The plan would allow for more small businesses and self-employed workers to band together to buy health insurance coverage.
According to allegations by the twelve Democratic Attorney generals, the final version of the association health plan rule violated multiple legislation, including the Administrative Procedure Act, the Affordable Care Act, and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act.
Insurance experts say that taking younger and healthier individuals out of the health insurance market would lead to higher rates for those who do decide they will purchase health insurance. Regulators also foresee that enacting the final association health plan rule would create a higher chance of insurance fraud and insolvencies.
In the lawsuit, the Democratic Attorneys general argue that the ruling would reverse what the Affordable Care Act has done in terms of its progress in decreasing the uninsured rate and stabilizing the markets.
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