Trump signs executive orders on preexisting condition protections, surprise billing (Fierce Healthcare, 9/24/20)
On September 24, the president signed an Executive Order (EO), An America-First Healthcare Plan. Executive Orders do not have the force of law and cannot change existing laws or formal regulations. The EO states, “It has been and will continue to be the policy of the United States to give Americans seeking healthcare more choice, lower costs, and better care and to ensure that Americans with pre-existing conditions can obtain the insurance of their choice at affordable rates.” Neither the EO nor any other documentation provides proposals about how to achieve these goals, particularly if the Affordable Care Act is ruled unconstitutional, as the administration is urging the Supreme Court. (The Court will hear arguments about the case on November 10.) The EO also mentions surprise medical billing and care for veterans. For an analysis of the EO, see Administration Health Care Executive Order (Health Affairs blog, 9/24/20).
From Family Voices Washington D.C. Update 10.9.20