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Health care experts warn that the provision allowing small businesses to join nationwide association health plans may be in violation of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act. (Photo: Shutterstock)

The executive order from Donald Trump aimed at letting small businesses join nationwide associations for the purpose of buying large-group health plans not subject to coverage requirements of the Affordable Care Act could be in for a legal battle.

According to a CNBC report, health care and employment law experts warn that if the EO proceeds, states could argue that the federal government overstepped its authority in violation of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, which governs large-group plans.



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