EBG Commentary

Mark Lutes Quoted in “Five Ways Trump’s Efforts to Strip the ACA Will Affect Healthcare”

Managed Healthcare

Mark E. Lutes, Chair of the firm’s Board of Directors and a Member of the Firm in the Health Care and Life Sciences practice, in the firm’s Washington, DC, office, was quoted in Managed Healthcare, in “Five Ways Trump’s Efforts to Strip the ACA Will Affect Healthcare,” by Tracey Walker.

Following is an excerpt:

As President Trump works to dismantle the ACA by way of signing an executive order and discontinuing subsidies to insurers, experts share five ways these actions could affect healthcare: …

There could be an expansion of association health plans and the three-month coverage duration limit put in place by the Obama administration related to short-term coverage could be lifted. 

“While discussion preceding the order focused mainly on the increased availability of association health plans, increasing the availability of short-term coverage would be both easier for the Trump Administration to achieve and perhaps more likely to impact the individual market in the near term,” says Mark Lutes, chair of the Epstein Becker Green’s board of directors and a member of the firm’s Health Care and Life Sciences practice, in Washington, D.C.

Generally speaking, Lutes believes that short-term health insurance coverage is less generous than ACA-compliant coverage, “making it more attractive to healthy and young consumers than compared to insurance sold on an ACA exchange,” he says.