Feds Did 'Orwellian' End-Run Around ACA, DC Circ. Told

Law360 (November 5, 2019, 8:34 PM EST) -- The Trump administration's decision to increase how long Americans can use short-term health insurance plans that skirt certain Affordable Care Act requirements relies on an “Orwellian” definition of statutory language, a coalition of health care groups has told the D.C. Circuit.

The organizations, including the Association for Community Affiliated Plans, on Monday asked the appellate court to undo U.S. District Judge Richard J. Leon’s decision that nuked their suit fighting a regulation allowing consumers to buy and renew “short-term, limited duration” health insurance for up to 36 months, up from three months at the end of the Obama administration.

The groups said that the rule...

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