Trump’s group health plan rules struck down as ACA `end-run’

A U.S. DISTRICT JUDGE has blocked new rules governing so-called association health plans, which let businesses and individuals band together to create group health plans that offer less expensive coverage than the ACA - but without some of its protections. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/DANIEL ACKER
A U.S. DISTRICT JUDGE has blocked new rules governing so-called association health plans, which let businesses and individuals band together to create group health plans that offer less expensive coverage than the ACA - but without some of its protections. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/DANIEL ACKER
NEW YORK - One of President Donald Trump’s health care initiatives intended as a cheaper alternative to Obamacare suffered a crucial defeat when a judge ruled the policy violates the Affordable Care Act. U.S. District Judge John Bates in Washington on Thursday blocked new rules governing so-called association health plans, or AHPs, which let businesses…

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