Trump’s order rocks already turbulent health care industry


SALT LAKE CITY — President Donald Trump on Thursday signed an executive order that he says will “fix” a health care system broken by Obamacare.

“Today is only the beginning,” Trump said during a White House news conference, the 49th in his nearly nine months as president of the United States.

But because any changes to laws, rules and regulations require study, public comment and implementation phases, it might be some time before Utah consumers actually realize any change.

“This is an uncomfortable situation for insurers to be in and an uncomfortable position for the consumers who rely on consistent coverage,” said Jason Stevenson, director of education and communications with the Utah Health Policy Project, which advocates for Utah’s uninsured.

Stevenson said insurers are “very concerned” with the news coming out of Washington, D.C., and people planning to enroll in the federal marketplace may also be confused by it all.

Open enrollment for individuals and families who do not have access to affordable health benefits through an employer begins via healthcare.gov on Nov. 1, extending to the end of the year — a period that has already been cut short by the Trump administration.

“It really fits into a pattern of sabotage of the individual market in Utah and across the country of trying to confuse people about what’s going on and what’s available, and (it’s) also making insurers very nervous about what’s in store,” Stevenson said. “It makes it very hard for them to practice their business.”

And what’s proposed in Thursday’s order, “Promoting Healthcare Choice and Competition Across the United States,” isn’t exactly feasible, said Steve Gooch, public information officer with the Utah Insurance Department.

“Utah law at the moment doesn’t allow insurance to be sold like the president is proposing,” Gooch said, “so …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Business News

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