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Trump’s Obamacare Rule Would Let Small Firms Act Like Big Ones

  • Regulation on association health plans proposed Thursday
  • Would let small companies, self-employed join to buy plans

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The Trump administration is proposing to let small firms act more like big corporations to buy cheaper health insurance, a measure that would get around some of Obamacare’s requirements.

The rule would broaden the availability of less-regulated health insurance coverage to more small employers, and to self-employed people. The rule does so by letting many more small firms band together under “association health plans,” or AHPs. Those plans would be exempt from many of the Affordable Care Act’s rules on what benefits have to be covered.