No Go For Idaho: State Will Have To Rethink Its ‘Freedom’ Health Policies

Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter says Thursday’s letter from the Trump administration “was not a rejection of our approach,” but rather an invitation to keep talking about how to make Idaho’s state-based health plans pass muster.

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Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter says Thursday’s letter from the Trump administration “was not a rejection of our approach,” but rather an invitation to keep talking about how to make Idaho’s state-based health plans pass muster.

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No, you can’t.

That’s what federal officials told Idaho regulators and the state’s governor late Thursday regarding the state’s plan to allow insurers to sell health plans that fall short of the Affordable Care Act’s requirements.

But the letter from the Trump administration did offer an alternative: Tweak your plan a bit to make them qualify as “short-term” policies. These alternatives, which offer coverage for a limited time, are exempted from ACA rules — including the rule that bars insurers from rejecting people who have pre-existing medical conditions.

Article source: https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2018/03/09/592475047/no-go-for-idaho-state-will-have-to-rethink-its-freedom-health-policies?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=affordablecareact

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