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Trump to sign executive order requiring insurers to cover preexisting conditions

Health plans in the Affordable Care Act market are already required to cover preexisting conditions.

Susan Morse, Managing Editor

President Donald Trump said he would soon be signing an executive order requiring health insurers to cover preexisting conditions.

This is something that's never been done before, Trump said during a press conference Friday at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey.

"Over the next two weeks I'll be pursuing a major executive order requiring health insurance companies to cover all preexisting conditions for all customers," he said. "This has never been done before but it's time the people of this country are properly represented and properly taken care of."

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WHY THIS MATTERS

Health insurers that offer plans in the Affordable Care Act market are already required to cover preexisting conditions under the ACA that was signed into law by President Barack Obama.

Trump has been trying to dismantle the law since taking office.

THE LARGER TREND

Trump said his upcoming executive order follows another to lower drug prices by requiring pharmaceutical companies to charge Americans no more than they charge to foreign countries.

Trump spoke mostly about efforts for a COVID-19 relief bill that is at a political standstill.

Twitter: @SusanJMorse
Email the writer: susan.morse@himssmedia.com