October 12, 2017
Silver Spring, MD – President Trump signed an executive order on health care today that directs federal agencies to write rules allowing association health plans and short-term health plans to be created, with neither being subject to the essential health benefit requirements of plans under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Many independent health analysts say these changes would primarily attract healthier people, causing critical harm to individual markets and raising prices for people who need comprehensive coverage. The National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS) strongly opposes the introduction of substandard health plans and will be an active and aggressive participant in the regulatory process, to make sure that the needs of those with cancer and other serious illnesses are reflected and that their access to affordable and adequate health insurance is protected.
NCCS CEO Shelley Fuld Nasso issued the below statement: