The Trump administration on Thursday unveiled a rule aimed at expanding health insurance options for small businesses and others, the latest action stemming from President TrumpDonald TrumpOhio Republican who voted to impeach Trump says he won't seek reelection Youngkin breaks with Trump on whether Democrats will cheat in the Virginia governor's race Trump endorses challenger in Michigan AG race MORE’s health care executive order in 2017.
The White House framed the move as part of its efforts to expand health care choices for people now that efforts to repeal ObamaCare have come up short.
The rule allows employers to use tax-exempted funds, known as health reimbursement arrangements, to give to workers for purchasing coverage in the individual market.
Brian Blase, a White House health care adviser, told reporters the move would "particularly benefit smaller employers ... by creating another option for financing worker health insurance coverage.”
This action is less controversial than other Trump administration health care moves that have stemmed from the president’s 2017 executive order.
Previous administration actions have included expanding short-term health insurance plans that are cheaper but that do not need to cover people with pre-existing conditions, a move that led Democrats to blast the plans as "junk plans."
“President Trump has promised Americans that he will put them in control of their healthcare, and this expansion of health reimbursement arrangements will help deliver on that promise by providing Americans with more options that better meet their needs,” Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar said Thursday.