HHS Secretary says new rule provide lower-cost options for health care

Reporter Scott Thuman interviews Health and Human Service Secretary Alex Azar on the department's efforts to reduce the cost of premiums and more options to choose from for health care plans. Thumbnail

WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) - Health and Human Service Secretary Alex Azar sat down for a one-on-one interview with Sinclair Broadcast Group Tuesday to discuss the President Donald Trump's executive order and creating more healthcare options for the public.

"In direct response to President Trump’s October 2017 Executive Order, the Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Labor, and the Treasury (the Departments) issued a proposed rule today that is intended to increase competition, choice, and access to lower-cost healthcare options for Americans. The rule proposes to expand the availability of short-term, limited-duration health insurance by allowing consumers to buy plans providing coverage for any period of less than 12 months, rather than the current maximum period of less than three months. The proposed rule, if finalized, will provide additional options to Americans who cannot afford to pay the costs of soaring healthcare premiums or do not have access to healthcare choices that meet their needs under current law," the department said in a statement,

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