Trump Administration Proposal Would Roll Back Direct-Notification Requirement For Cutting Off Health Insurance Tax Credits
Also in the news, 19 Democratic state attorneys general say the Trump administration’s plan to roll back the requirement for employers to include birth control in their health plans is unconstitutional.
HHS Proposes Ending Direct Notification for Health Tax Credits
Some Americans may unexpectedly find themselves cut off from tax credits to help buy health insurance under a new proposal by the Trump administration. Currently, the government cannot terminate a consumer’s tax credits, used to get coverage through the 2010 health care law’s exchanges, unless it first notifies the person of the exact reason why and how to appeal the decision. (Williams, 11/28)
Trump’s Birth-Control Insurance Plan Is Unconstitutional, Democrats Say
The Trump administration’s plan to roll back a requirement for employers to include birth control in their health insurance plans is an unconstitutional endorsement of religion, a group of 19 Democratic state attorneys general said. Allowing employers with religious or moral objections to contraception to block their employees from receiving coverage violates the constitutional separation of church and state and encourages illegal workplace discrimination against women, the states said in a brief filed Tuesday in federal court in Philadelphia. More than 55 million women in the U.S. have access to birth control with no out-of-pocket costs through the Affordable Care Act , the states said. (Larson, 11/28)