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President Trump Issues America First Health Care Plan Executive Order

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President Trump recently introduced an executive order which outlines a new plan for affordable health care and medical billing. It’s called the America First Health Care Plan. The goal of the plan is to protect those with pre-existing conditions and to combat surprise medical billing.

Highlights of the America First Health Care Plan include:

  • Expanding options for affordable health care
  • Reducing fraud, abuse, and waste in the health care system
  • Expanding access to affordable medicines (accelerating approvals and importing affordable drugs from abroad)
  • Ensuring consumers have access to meaningful price and quality information before delivery of care

The executive order does direct the Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) to work with Congress to reach a legislation solution about surprise billing by December 31, 2020. If no decision is made, the HHS can take administrative action to prevent unreasonable out-of-pocket expenses.

Executive orders are not laws but rather a board policy directive. The order does direct federal agencies to issue new guidance to implement the order’s policies. It’s unclear what the specific impact will be until further guidance is issued or Congress takes action in response to the order.

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Ken Zastrow

Ken Zastrow

Ken Zastrow enjoys establishing a strong rapport with his clients. He believes that education is key in helping them understand their benefit plans. Ken has a strong background in underwriting and post-employment benefits. As Employee Benefits Consultant at National Insurance Services, Ken is responsible for the overall assessment and management of all an employer’s benefit plans including claim reconciliation, policy changes, renewals, and medical and dental analytics. He is also well versed in compliance, benefit integration, and early retiree benefits. Ken is a licensed insurance agent (Health, Life, Series 6 and Series 63) as well as a registered financial representative with GWN Securities. He works with schools, cities, and counties in Wisconsin.