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Expenses Slashed for Chronic Illness Patients in High-Cost Plans

July 17, 2019, 6:45 PM

Patients with chronic conditions in certain high-cost health plans will face fewer out-of-pocket expenses for services related to their illness under a new Trump administration policy.

The Treasury Department July 17 issued a notice that would categorize services for certain chronic conditions as preventative care in high-deductible health plans. Classifying the services as preventative care would result in smaller or no deductibles for patients.

The notice follows a June executive order by President Donald Trump that called for more transparency in health care. While mostly focused on price transparency, the order also called on the Treasury and the Internal Revenue...

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