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Trump Signs Executive Order on the ACA

On Jan. 20, 2017, Donald Trump signed an executive order addressing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), his first act as president. The order states that it is intended to “minimize the unwarranted economic and regulatory burdens” of the ACA until the law can be repealed and eventually replaced.

The executive order broadly directs the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and other federal agencies to waive, delay or grant exemptions from ACA requirements that may impose a financial burden.

An executive order is a broad policy directive that is used to establish how laws will be enforced by the administration. It does not include specific guidance regarding any particular ACA requirement or provision, and it does not change any existing regulations.

Instead, it gives federal agencies broad authority to eliminate or fail to enforce any number of ACA requirements, as permitted by law. As a result, until the new heads of federal agencies are in place, it is difficult to know how the ACA will be specifically impacted.

To learn more, read our Affordable Care Act Legislative Brief.