Levin Statement on Executive Order on Health Association Plans

Oct 12, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Sander Levin (D-MI), Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health Ranking Member, today released the following statement in response to President Trump’s latest action to undermine the Affordable Care Act (ACA):

“Through this directive, President Trump continues to try to do administratively what Republicans failed to do legislatively. His primary goal is to undermine and destabilize health coverage under the Affordable Care Act, as demonstrated by recent cuts to navigator grants and enrollment efforts, refusal to commit to making cost-sharing reduction payments, shortening of the enrollment period in which consumers can sign up for coverage, and a previous Executive Order directing federal agencies not to implement the law.

“This Executive Order rehashes a failed idea that would push more individuals into unregulated Association Health Plans. In so doing, it would deny many Americans important consumer protections that apply to individual and small group market plans, including essential health benefits. Similar proposals have drawn grave concerns from consumer groups, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, and even insurance companies, who warn that this would lead to destabilization of the individual and small group market and cherry-picking of the healthiest customers by Association Health Plans.”

Rep. Levin was Chair of the Ways and Means Committee when the Affordable Care Act was passed in 2010.