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Trump Health Rule ‘Abandoned’ Status Quo, Ex-Labor Officials Say

July 23, 2019, 9:18 PM

A lower court’s decision striking significant portions of expanded small businesses health plans was correct, five former Labor Department officials told a federal appeals court.

The DOL veterans, including former Solicitor of Labor Patricia Smith and Phyllis Borzi, former head of the DOL’s employee benefits arm Employee Benefits Security Administration, threw their support behind the 11 states and District of Columbia challenging the health plans.

The expanded plans allow more small businesses, like self-employed individuals and employers in different industries, to band together in associations and offer health insurance as a large group. Supporters say the the large group status ...

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