By Tom BowermanAssociated PressAUSTIN, Texas (AP) Health officials are scrambling to find a way to expand coverage to people with pre-existing conditions under President Donald Trump’s health law.
The administration announced Friday it was shutting down a key Obamacare expansion that had allowed people to shop for health insurance and get coverage on their own.
The announcement came just a day after a report by the nonprofit Kaiser Family Foundation said the Obama-era expansion would have covered nearly 2 million more people by the end of 2019.
Some lawmakers have been calling on the Trump administration to restart the expansion, and Republican Rep. Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania on Friday said he would introduce a bill to that effect in the House.
In the meantime, many in the health care industry are taking a wait-and-see approach.
The federal government said Friday it would spend $15.4 billion to extend the health law to October 2021, but the Trump White House has said it would focus on other issues and would only provide the money to the states for a few months.