The Trump administration made some rule changes last year, most of those start kicking in for 2018. These include the mandate being repealed the expansion of association and short term health plans.
- The new plan types will still cover preexisting conditions, but they will be able to waive essential benefits and other ACA related rules.
- The mandate repeal means people no longer have to get coverage or pay a fee.
- Meanwhile, CHIP has not been fully funded yet (so millions of kids are at risk of losing their health coverage). See current status of CHIP funding.
This should all result in less costs to some individuals and the state in the short term, however it may cause additional problems and less be people to be insured down the road.
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