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Feds Want Quick Appeal Over Trump’s Group Health Plan Rule

May 10, 2019, 1:29 PM

The Labor Department wants to fast-track an appeal challenging the Trump administration’s rule on association health plans.

The department wants the D.C. Circuit to revive the rule, which allows small businesses to offer health plans that are less expensive—and less robust—than plans governed by the Affordable Care Act.

The March decision striking it down could create “serious adverse effects” if not considered quickly, the department said in its May 9 motion.

Without a speedy appeal, many existing plans would be forced to stop operating by the end of the year, the department said. Companies and their employees would be forced ...