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Trump Group Health Plan Ruling Affects Coverage of Thousands (1)

March 29, 2019, 5:33 PMUpdated: March 29, 2019, 7:26 PM

Insurance for thousands of small-business employees hangs in the balance of a federal judge’s ruling that the Trump administration’s expansion of certain health plans violates the Affordable Care Act.

At least 28 small-business groups across the U.S. have formed association health plans under new rules the Labor Department put forward in June, according to a report cited by administration officials. Those plans provide insurance for people in 13 states, but their future is uncertain following a judge’s decision that the plans violate federal laws.

“The final rule is clearly an end-run around the ACA,” Judge John Bates, an appointee of ...