Unlike earlier draft updates to ACA marketplace rules, the draft was posted quietly at the end of last week by the Office of Management and Budget without announcement. (Photo: Shutterstock)

The Department of Health and Human Services has drafted rules that would, starting in 2019, allow states to change the benefits health plans must provide and limit enrollment help for consumers.

The Washington Post reports that Republicans are still working to weaken federal powers under the 2010 health-care law and eliminate numerous provisions that have allowed millions to buy health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. After Republicans failed to pass any of their repeal-and-replace proposals this year in Congress, they are instead taking aim at rule changes that, although they don’t go as far as changes in the law itself, will still take a toll on the program.

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