Since President Trump took office and even before, he has focused on how he will change the Affordable Care Act, enacted under former President Obama. In the first year of his presidency, he was able to make small steps, but an overarching change or replacement plan has not yet happened. You may wonder what changes he is thinking about and how that will affect Wisconsin residents like you.
According to Business Insider, Congress has been unable to formulate an ACA replacement. There have been a few attempts, but that’s it. President Trump has decided to take matters into his own hands as much as he can under the law. He created a plan that does not require any approval from Congress to enact.
Parts of the plan have already gone into effect, such as giving states regulatory control over networks and further restrictions on open enrollment. Other suggested changes include allowing states even more control over setting up exchanges and to increase regulations on the handling of Medicare and Medicaid patients.
In general, the president’s plan aims to take the power from the federal government to oversee ACA actions and procedures, giving this power to the states instead. It also works to add more restrictions that may allow for less control by insurance companies. Opponents are concerned these changes will remove certain protections offered under the ACA and lead to an increase in uncovered people.
How you feel about the changes really depends on your feelings about the ACA. This information is for education and is not legal advice.