STATEMENT: New Trump Health Care Rule Will Increase Costs and Undermine Protections for Pre-Existing Conditions

Washington, D.C. — Today, the Department of Health and Human Services released a Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters rule for 2019 coverage. This rule outlines guidelines for insurers, state regulators, enrollment assisters, and other stakeholders involved with insurance enrollment through the Affordable Care Act marketplaces.

“This rule reduces protections for people with pre-existing conditions, increases the cost of health coverage, and makes it harder for consumers to sign up for coverage,” said Sam Berger, senior adviser at the Center for American Progress. “This past year has shown just how much consumers value quality, affordable health care, but rather than encourage awareness, lower prices, and promote market stability, the administration is more concerned with trying to undermine the law. This is just the latest example of the Trump administration putting its ideological crusade against the Affordable Care Act ahead of the health and well-being of the American people.”