SALEM, OR -- President Donald Trump's new Executive Order will allow health insurance companies to offer new plans across state lines. But, it doesn't have anything to do with individuals who buy insurance under the Affordable Care Act.
The order paves the way for similar businesses or associations to get group plans. "What this is doing is allowing more associations to have access to those plans across state lines," says Jack Sunderland, with the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services. He says it doesn't mean individuals will have more opportunities to buy health insurance, "This does not effect individuals who buy insurance, at all." Sunderland adds, "People who buy their health insurance on their own, should still go to Healthcare.gov starting November first." This year's open enrollment period for individuals is shorter than in the past; it ends December 15.
Sunderland says the order eases rules for associations or businesses in similar industries to get coverage for their employees; it does not mean individuals can go across state lines to find health insurance plans.
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